Let’s Support IBMA’s World of Bluegrass Business Conference!

Thank you to the huge number of Leadership Bluegrass alumni who have been putting in many hours serving on committees, task forces, the IBMA board, the World of Bluegrass (WOB) education planning committee, workshop panels, and awards show productions to make this an exciting virtual event!  Many Leadership Bluegrass alumni are also participating in Bluegrass Ramble Showcase bands, and many have booths at the vendor expo. Many alumni are nominees and/or are performing in one or more of IBMA’s three Awards Shows (Momentum, Industry/Distinguished Achievement, and IBMA Music Awards).
 
As leaders in the bluegrass community, let’s support IBMA and our fellow alumni by attending the IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference starting this Monday(!) and in encouraging others to attend, too!  Get new ideas, discuss important industry challenges, share your insights, work with others to help promote and expand our community, and get ideas and find ways to succeed in the new normal that we are all facing right now.  
 
And for those of you who have never made it to the annual WOB conference and festival, or have not attended in many years,  this is a unique opportunity for you!  Also, if you’re at work and can’t make all the workshops and shows, they will be archived for on-demand viewing after the day/time they’re aired and will be available for the duration of WOB.
 
The business conference registration is only $99 for IBMA members and $149 for non-members.  And here’s another idea …  if you know folks who should attend the business conference but can’t afford to, and if you can spare the money,  how about paying for their registration?  An old saying that gets attributed to different people and is often phrased in different ways:  “A society grows great when its people plant trees under whose shade they know they will never sit.”
 
The conference runs from Monday September 28 thru October 3.   I’ve been in several virtual multi-day conferences and workshops the past few months;  the IBMA WOB Business Conference registration fee is an incredibly reasonable price for a virtual conference/workshop  that lasts so long, has this many workshops, and has some special panels you won’t hear anywhere else. It’s also a great way to easily check out up and coming bands, bands with new configurations, bands with new projects and more.
 
For more WOB Conference and Showcase info and the link to register:   https://worldofbluegrass.org/conference/
 
All the best,
 
Trisha Tubbs
Sahuarita/Green Valley, Arizona
 
PS
The virtual event management software that IBMA is using for this event is really cool and updates to workshop info, schedules (the showcase band schedule is listed!), vendor info, showcase band info, etc. are happening every day (so be sure to keep checking back!).  It’s been a lot of fun to navigate and explore. You can also see who else has registered and plans to be in the sessions you want to attend.