Welcome to the third annual Bluegrass Pride LGBTQ+ Musicians Showcase! While we normally host this event as part of the IBMA World of Bluegrass Festival and Business Conference in Raleigh, North Carolina, that wasn't quite possible this year. Instead, the pandemic is taking all IBMA festivities online for 2020, which gives us the privilege of opening up this showcase to artists and bands (and audience members!) who otherwise wouldn't be able to make it to Raleigh.
Rather than one continuous multi-hour showcase like those we have presented in previous years, our showcase will be taking the form of a daily happy hour broadcast to take place at 3:00 PM PDT from Monday, September 28 - Friday, October 2. Each set will last for approximately 30 minutes. We hope you'll tune in!
We are also particularly proud to be able to pay all of our showcase artists for their sets! Thanks to the Music Home Project grant we received at the start of this year, we are able to guarantee that all artists who perform for Bluegrass Pride will be paid for their work.
Our goal for this showcase series is to be able to pay each of these talented musicians at least $250 for their performances.
We need your help to reach our goal!
We’re suggesting a $10 donation, but feel free to donate more if you’re enjoying the show! All proceeds — including donations made in September and through the week of IBMA (i.e. through the end of the day October 3) — will be shared evenly between the artists playing the festival and Bluegrass Pride, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. These funds will go towards supporting our ongoing, year-round operations, allowing us to continue hosting paid performance opportunities for artists during these uncertain times, while also investing in long-term resources that will benefit both musicians and fans beyond the pandemic (such as the forthcoming Safe Venue Directory), helping to create a safer, more inclusive bluegrass community for all.