From The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music:
The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its plans today to move its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next three years, 2013-2015. World of Bluegrass Week includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. The annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion draws over 16,000 fans, artists, and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event, with an estimated 8,000-10,000 coming from outside the region. World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development, and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.
The following World of Bluegrass dates have been announced, with the option for a five- or seven-day event each year:
September 23 – 29, 2013
September 29 – October 5, 2014
September 28 – October 4, 2015
Image, from left to right: Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane; IBMA interim Executive Director Nancy Cardwell; IBMA Board of Directors Vice Chair Jon Weisberger; NC Banjo Player Terry Baucom; IBMA Board Member & Knee Deep in Bluegrass Radio Host Cindy Baucom; IBMA Board Member & PineCone Executive Director William Lewis; Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau CEO Denny Edwards. Photo credit: Jamie Dawson, Kickin Grass Band