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Too Late Press Releases are Becoming Common

 YesterdayI don't know if this is a new trend in promotion and publicity or not but, in the past couple of months, I've received over a dozen press releases for events occurring in just a few hours. In one case, the event was a three day event that began two days earlier. I can't believe that just in the past couple of months that nobody knows their client artists are going to be on television until five minutes before showtime. I can't believe nobody knows their client artist will be performing at a festival until they have already been on stage and are already headed for their next gig. This, however, seems to be the latest fad in PR.

Fiddler Wil Markham Receives Share America Scholarship

Wil Markham, second from left, receives the 2014 Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship from Randall Franks, third from left, . Others joining the presentation are, from left, Gary Knowles, SAF chairman; Jimmy Terrell, SAF vice chairman; and James Pelt, Share America Foundation secretary., Share America photo by Jane ScrogginsThe Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its first 2014 scholarship winner recently at the Ringgold Depot in Ringgold, Ga. Fiddle player Wil Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. was selected as one of the 2014 winners. Markham is the son of Skip and Harriet Markham of Signal Mountain, Tenn. He is the grandson of Wilbourne and Delores Markham and Phil and the late Stuart Wilkerson.

2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp Dates Announcement

Monroe Mandolin CampThe 2015 Monroe Mandolin Camp brings together world class instructors of Bill Monroe's style and music during a 3.5 day music conference camp. Regarded as the preeminent Monroe instructional camp in the world, this three and a half day, music packed event will provide you with all of the tools, technologies, and best practices you need to further your Monroe musical goals. Learn More.

Lee Bidgood of ETSU ‘Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?’ at ICMC

Lee BidgoodThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes a portion of their program dedicated to bluegrass music and ICMC 2105 will be not different. ICMC is pleased to share that long time ICMC friend Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University will further extend the ICMC Bluegrass presence. Bidgood will be dealing with “Broken Circle vs the Louvat Brothers: Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?” Most of us probably know nothing about the Bluegrass scene in Belgium. As always, Bidgood will be well prepared, expand our horizons, plus contribute mightily to our enjoyment with his picking prowess!

Suwannee Banjo Camp, March 27-29, 2015, is Open for Business

Suwannee Banjo CampLive Oak, FL -- It is time to announce that the 2015 Suwannee Banjo Camp, in Live Oak, Florida, is open for business. The Suwannee Banjo Camp takes place March 27-29, with an optional extra day on March 26th. Our camp features classes, demonstrations, concerts and jams, in bluegrass and old-time banjo styles, and includes a guitar track and fiddle track, as well as instruction in minstrel banjo and the African akonting (ekonting).

Song To Stage Songwriter Workshop Series Announced

 Nu-Blu and Louisa BranscombNashville, TN -- The Song To Stage collaborative announces the launch of a new songwriter development program, guided by Grammy winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb, along with the award winning bluegrass-Americana group Nu-Blu. Song To Stage is a first of its kind, an innovative songwriter-artist-production workshop designed to advance the personal and professional needs of the songwriter from all angles of the creative and business process.

First Music Business Accelerator Launched in Nashville

Nashville Entrepreneur Center/CMANashville, TN -- The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) and CMA have teamed up to produce the first-ever, music business accelerator. The program leverages the EC's proven accelerator formula with the industry strengths of title partner CMA, for the development of the music industry.

Scott Napier Joins Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Faculty

Scott Napier and Dean OsborneScott Napier of Clay City and a Hazard native is the newest faculty member of HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) where he will provide instrumental instruction, primarily mandolin and guitar, as well as music composition.

Luthier Activities at FreshGrass

 Sauve GuitarsThe Fretboard Journal – the boutique magazine for guitar, mandolin, and stringed instrument players – joins Suavé Guitars founder Steve Suavé and a stellar group of artisans for demonstrations and discussions of fiddle, mandolin, banjo, open-back banjo, and guitar.

Earl Scruggs Center Offers "Scruggs Style" Banjo Workshops Today!

Darrin AldridgeIf you want to learn to play the banjo – if you want to play “Scruggs style” – this is your chance to get started! Join us for Intro to Banjo – Scruggs Style. If you think you want to learn but you don’t even have a banjo yet, don’t let that stop you! The Center has a limited number of student models available for use in the workshop. (Fee is $10 non-members/$5 members) reserve a banjo. We apologize for the late notice however we just received notice of this yesterday.

Barry Mitterhoff: Mandolin - Bluegrass and Beyond

Barry MitterhoffBarry Mitterhoff is hosting a workshop on Mandolin: Bluegrass and Beyond (Level 3) which is a great opportunity to learn from a masterful player and teacher. This workshop will provide technical and academic instruction in a variety of styles associated with the mandolin, especially the legacy of the Father of Bluegrass, Bill Monroe. In addition, it will tie its impact on Swing, Jazz and Blues genres.

IBMM's 9th annual Mandolin Camp! Nov. 14-16, 2014

Mike ComptonOwensboro, KY -- Returning for his 9th consecutive year as camp director is bluegrass music legend, Mike Compton. Known for his mastery of Monroe-style playing, Mike is a preservationist who continues teaching the music that Bill Monroe innovated and which set the standard for generations of bluegrass mandolin players to come. The International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) 9th Annual Mandolin Camp will take place November 14 through 16 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Stephen Mougin to Direct Bethel University Bluegrass Program

Stephen MouginJoelton, TN -- His thirst for bettering the bluegrass world is never really quenched. Teacher, professional guitarist, studio and record label owner Stephen Mougin has accepted a position as the new director for The Renaissance Bluegrass Band at Bethel University in McKenzie, Tennessee, effective August 1st.

Irish Music School of Chicago Presents Workshops

We Banjo 3Chicago, IL -- The Irish Music School of Chicago presents two of the most exciting traditional Irish music bands teaching workshops and in concert in August at Chief O’Neill’s Restaurant & Pub. We Banjo 3 will be teaching (6:30 p.m.) and performing (8 p.m.) on August 6, and Beoga will be teaching (5:30 p.m.) and performing (8 p.m.) on August 20.

Who is in Charge of Your Band's PR?

No U-TurnWe have a band, also referred to as the artist, their management, the record label and the press/media agent and maybe some others. All send Public Relations (PR) and promotional material to various organizations for publication or broadcast. It is great to have all these people working to promote the artist. But, what happens if they get out of sync? What happens if they don't communicate with each other? What happens when it all goes wrong?

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