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Tim Stafford to Host Workshops in South Africa

Tim StaffordBlue Highway's Tim Stafford announced today he will host an elaborate Songwriting and Flatpicking Workshop in January 2018 in South Africa as part of MSWIA - Music Safari Workshops in Africa. Madikwe Flatpick & Songwriting Workshop with Tim Stafford is a 10-day dream vacation, running from January 5-14, 2018. Shopping and cultural activities kick off the event, while daily schedules will combine Game Drives, Master Classes, and a Positive Critique Session, coupled with meals and accommodations at luxurious lodges. All Lodging, Meals, and Drinks are included. Enrollment is limited to 12 people.

Nu-Blu: Giving Back in a Big Way

Nu-BluWith a jam packed tour schedule that keeps them on the road over 200 days each year, Nu-Blu still takes time to give back and use their talents to further the music they love. Working with several partners, including Peterson Tuners, Saga Instruments, Daddario Strings, and The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, they are taking bluegrass music into the schools everywhere they can... and it's not just introducing kids to the music!

NewTown at Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kick-Off

NewTownKentucky’s own NewTown will perform numerous times during the upcoming Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kick-Off along with hosting a Bluegrass in the Schools Program and conducting workshops. The event takes place January 27 and 28 at the Marion County High School in Lebanon, KY.

Joe Val Bluegrass Fest offers New Master and Fast Track Classes

Joe Val Bluegrass FestivalGerry Katz of the Boston Bluegrass Union writes, "I'm really excited to announce an updated and expanded line-up for this year's Master Classes and Fast Track Classes at Joe Val. Joining us to teach the fiddle Master Class will be Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, the fiddler in Mile Twelve. And for the Fast Track Classes, I will now be teaching a class on bluegrass jamming, while Mary Maguire and Nancy Harrowitz have completely reenvisioned their joint class on singing."

Bluegrass Foundation Grant Recipient Walker Creek Music Camp

Walker Creek Music CamEvery month we plan to tell you about one of the deserving programs or projects funded by Foundation for Bluegrass Music grants, starting with the Walker Creek Music Camp held October 6-9, 2016 in rural Marin County, California. Classes for aspiring musicians of all ages at Walker Creek Ranch, located an hour north of the San Francisco Bay area, included instruction in bluegrass and old-time fiddle, mandolin, banjo, guitar, vocals, bass, Dobro, beginning jam sessions, and the "Music and More" (M&M) program for children. Electives included everything from flatfoot dancing to songwriting.

African Roots of the Banjo at BCM Museum Monday Evening!

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum is proud to present "African Roots of the Banjo," a lecture by Dr. Cece Conway, followed by a concert with the renowned Blind Boy Paxton on Monday, October 3 at 7:00 p.m. The lecture and concert is part of the Lift Every Voice Series happening this fall at the museum.

International Country Music Conference Seeking Bluegrass Entries

International Country Music JournalDon Cusic is accepting manuscripts for a Bluegrass themed Special Issue of the International Country Music Journal until Monday 1 August. International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is waiting for an August 1st official Belmont approval for use of the Frist Lecture Hall in the Gordon E. Inman Center for ICMC 2017. The conference hopes to be able to officially announce that Thursday 1 June through Saturday 3 June will be the dates for ICMC 2017. We thought it best to let you know of the likely ICMC 2017 dates. Of course, paraphrasing a New York Yankee catcher “It’s not official till it’s official.”

IBMA Songwriting Committee Announces Podunk Workshops

Rick LangRick Lang is pleased to announce that he will be conducting a two-part songwriting workshop at the Podunk Bluegrass Festival in Hebron, Connecticut, this summer. Each workshop will be approximately 1-1/2 hours long. During both, I will address and answer any questions you may have, play examples of songs that tie into the workshop topics and offer a handout of songwriting tips I've accumulated over the years.

2nd Annual Monroe Mandolin Camp Video Scholarship Competition

2nd Annual Monroe Mandolin CampTuesday, the Monroe Mandolin Camp started accepting a limited number of video submissions for their 2nd Annual Video Scholarship Competition. They are looking for fun, creative videos of you playing a Bill Monroe tune, and telling them why this music is important to you.

Free Arts & Music Program for Teachers & Home Schooling

WoodSongs Classroom ProjectImagine classrooms and home school families nationwide being introduced to the banjo with Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn. Or traditional bluegrass with JD Crowe, Paul Williams and Doyle Lawson. Or the legacy of the Carter Family with John Carter Cash. Or the guitar with Tommy Emmanuel.

Start Planning for Jams, Concerts, Benefits at Monroe Mandolin Camp

Monroe Mandolin CampIt’s time to start gearing up for this year’s Monroe Mandolin Camp (MonManCamp)! The producers are excited to announce some exciting additions to the camp. In addition to the Monroe music intensive focus, the wealth of classes, individual tutorials, jams, and special presentations, the 2016 teaching staff will integrate some ‘Old-Time’ mandolin flavor this year as well as a special banjo track. MonManCamp '16 takes place September 14-18, 2016 and will be held at the Scarritt-Bennett Center in Nashville, Tennessee. Join the festivities for an opening night celebration jam of traditional bluegrass music and Bill Monroe's music. MonManCamp will have some of Nashville's finest musicians for this special night of music. Jamming starts at 7pm and goes until the music stops. Free Parking on site.

DIY Musicians Get a Lifeclass In Music Law at BCMM

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- As the saying goes, "you can't swing a banjo on State Street without hitting a musician." Now the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is offering a lifeclass for area musicians who are interested in learning more about the legal side of their careers. On Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the BCM will present "Music Law for Musicians," a seminar for musicians, music business professionals, or anyone interested in the legalities of the music business.

Huck Finn Jubilee Offers Free Music Education for Kids

40th Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- The Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is committed to keeping traditional Bluegrass alive by passing it on to youth. “This year we are proud to announce the partnership with the Folk Music Center in Claremont, California to provide the Music Education for Kids program during the 3-day event in June” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO. “We are dedicated to connecting kids with bluegrass music and look forward to the progression that two days of music lessons can make.”

BCM Museum Instrument Donation Drive On May 7th

Birthplace of Country Music Museum Instrument DriveBristol, VA -- The Birthplace of Country Music Museum will be holding an instrument donation drive for its Education Department on Saturday, May 7 from 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Gently used and new instrument donations will be used at the museum by students, visitors, and instructors during educational programs.

IBMA Graduates Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016

Leadership Bluegrass 2016Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is pleased to announce the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2016. Leadership Bluegrass, held annually since 2000, is an intensive, highly-focused three-day program in which leaders and emerging leaders of the bluegrass community come together to discuss the victories and challenges facing the bluegrass music industry today, and to strategize for the future. The tightly-contested seats were awarded to 26 participants from 14 states, who were chosen by a selection committee from a pool of 62 applicants.

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