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International Bluegrass Music Association Announces 2012 Leadership Bluegrass Class

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IBMA Leadership BluegrassThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a program for professionals within the bluegrass music industry to improve what they do. The purpose of the Leadership Bluegrass program is to pull together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication. The results will foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community, which will help participants better prepare to determine the goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they choose to serve.

The International Bluegrass Music Association is pleased to announce the following participants in the 2012 class of Leadership Bluegrass:

  • Bob Altschuler; Musician/Music Instructor/Writer, Dyer Switch Band, Thirteen Feet of Bluegrass, New York State Retirement System; Albany, NY
  • Jimmy Bowen; Jimmy Bowen & Santa Fe; Mt. Juliet, TN
  • Casey Campbell; Belmont University student/Musician; Kingston Springs, TN
  • H.R. Cook; Weaver of Words Music Group; Tazewell, VA
  • Sonya Robles Cotton; The Louisville Bluegrass Music Association, Bluegrass Anonymous; Louisville, KY
  • Martha Stracener Dantzic; Quicksilver Productions; Washington, DC
  • Laurie Dashper; Music City Roots, Bluegrass Underground; Murfreesboro, TN
  • Denise Hitchcock; BlueHighways TV; Hendersonville, TN
  • Lisa Jacobi; Steel String Session, Lisa Affordable Websites; Ducktown, TN
  • Denise Jarvinen; Boston Bluegrass Union, Traditional Music Foundation; Brookline, MA
  • Russell Johnson; Grass Cats, Red Sock Publishing, The Comfort Zone Recording Studio, New Time Records; Four Oaks, NC
  • Gerald Jones; AcousticMusicCamp.com; Garland, TX
  • Jamie Katz; PineCone, The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, Inc.; Raleigh, NC
  • Rick Lang; Haley Anna Music, BMI; Kingston, NH
  • Claire Lynch; The Claire Lynch Band; Hermitage, TN
  • Michael McLain; Belmont University; Cane Ridge, TN
  • Ronnie Norton; Lonesome Highway; Dublin, Ireland
  • Chris Oliver; Infinity Luthiers; Springfield, IL
  • Ross Pomerenk; Acoustic Sound/ Wintergrass; Lopez Island, WA
  • Daniel Routh; Nu-Blu, Top 66 International Bluegrass Airplay Chart; Red Squared Audio; Siler City, NC
  • Gene Skinner; Great Stuff Radio Network; Springfield, MO
  • Jennifer Strickland; Rural Rhythm Records, Jenny Lynn Publishing; Antioch, TN
  • Chris Teskey; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Washington, DC
  • Tony Watt; TheBluegrassUniversity.com, Boston Bluegrass Union; Cambridge, MA
  • Sharon White; The Whites; Hendersonville, TN
  • Kimberly Williams; East Public Relations, The Expedition Show; Sparta, TN

Leadership Bluegrass, now in its 13th year with more than 300 alumni, is an intensive three-day program of advanced level, interactive learning experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing our music, along with related leadership issues.

The 2012 class will be held March 8-10 in Nashville, Tennessee. Leadership Bluegrass seeks to explore bluegrass music and its place in the larger world of entertainment through:

  • A systematic study of the business of bluegrass, its institutions and organizations, their needs, problems and resources
  • Exposure to a wide variety of current music leaders and notable persons
  • Encouraging independent thinking, fresh perspectives and approaches. It is not intended to "indoctrinate" or pass on the current leaders' views and ideas.
  • Acquaintance with relevant issues facing bluegrass, their history and future possibilities
  • Involvement of all related facets of the music industry which impact bluegrass
  • High quality interactive sessions for the participants.

The selection process for Leadership Bluegrass is competitive, with more applicants than there are positions available. While the application or recommendation does not guarantee a position in the class, IBMA does guarantee that everyone who applies will be given an equal opportunity. Enrollment and participation in Leadership Bluegrass is voluntary and a new class is selected each year. All class members are expected to bear the expense of any travel and/or lodging during the program as well as pay a class participation fee. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

Leadership Bluegrass will be hosted this year at BMI and Bone McAllester Norton, PLLC in Nashville, Thursday – Saturday, March 8-10 and will be facilitated by Trisha Tubbs. Our Platinum Sponsors this year include BMI, The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Bone McAllester Norton LLC . Please contact the IBMA office for information on future Leadership Bluegrass programs: (615) 256-3222, nancyc@ibma.org. li

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