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Jam Camp Coming to Bluegrass Museum this March

IBMM Bluegrass Jam CampOwensboro, KY -- Here's your chance to play music in a fun environment, connect with other musicians, and receive top-notch jamming tips from an experienced teacher. Join us March 16-18, 2018 for the Wernick Method Jam Camp hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Led by Dave Howard of 23 String Band & the Louisville Folk School, this 3-day camp will take place at the Museum's current location in downtown Owensboro.

IBMA & Blue Ridge Banjo Camp Announce IBMA Member Scholarship

IBMA & Blue Ridge Banjo Camp ScholarshipThe IBMA is proud to partner with the Blue Ridge Banjo Camp in offering a full scholarship to a lucky IBMA member for this first-ever banjo camp. This scholarship, valued at $1100, will cover cover tuition, lodging and meals at the idyllic Brevard Music Center in North Carolina. Students will have a chance to study with Béla, Tony Trischka, Kristin Scott Benson, Mike Munford and Steve Cooley. The instructional focus will be on the three distinct styles of three-finger banjo playing: Scruggs, melodic, and single string. Designed with intermediate and advanced students in mind, this camp will feature three days and four nights of diverse banjo instruction as well as a a finale concert held in the beautiful Whittington-Pfohl Auditorium.

Ola Belle Reed Song School: A Songwriting Retreat

Ola Belle Reed Song Writer’s RetreatThe Ashe County Arts Council welcomes the weekend retreat of songwriting, making music, and celebrating the work of Ola Belle Reed with the Song Writer’s Retreat. The workshop will be held at the Ashe Civic Center Friday, April 13 through Sunday, April 15, 2018. It is open to songwriters of all genres and styles, and all accompaniment instruments are welcomed. Instructors: Cathy Fink, Claire Lynch and Sam Gleaves. Tuition $200 adults, $150 students. Assistance available. Call 336-846-2787.

IBMA Announces Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2018

IBMA Leadership BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the 2018 class of Leadership Bluegrass, an intensive three-day program of advanced-level interactive learning experiences designed to build commitment, motivate talents and instill enthusiasm for addressing the future of the bluegrass music industry. This will be its 19th year since its inception in 2000.

Luthier's Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge

Luthier Wayne Henderson in his workshop in Mouth of Wilson, VABristol, VA (November 3, 2017) — Luthiers—skilled makers of stringed musical instruments—are both keepers of tradition and innovators. They carry on the old ways of working wood and string to create beautiful and functional instruments, while also bringing new creativity and technology to the fore in their pieces. The Luthier's Craft: Instrument Making Traditions of the Blue Ridge is a new special exhibit at the Birthplace of Country Music Museum that explores and documents the traditional arts of fiddle, guitar, banjo, and dulcimer making in Southern Appalachia and the Blue Ridge Mountains. The special exhibit is on display now through March 4, 2018.

Netherlands ETSU Dobroist Awarded Share America Foundation Scholarship

Owen SchinkelRinggold, GA -- The Share America Foundation, Inc. announced its 2017 scholarship winner recently at Ringgold's Patriot Hall in Ringgold, Ga. The scholarship honors students excelling in the Appalachian musical arts. Dobroist Owen Schinkel of Johnson City, Tennessee was selected as a Pearl and Floyd Franks Scholarship winner receiving a $1,250 scholarship from the organization for continuing his music studies. While in Ringgold, he also appeared both at Sacred Sounds Fridays at Ringgold's Patriot Hall, on the long-running Ringgold Opry at the Ringgold Depot and toured the region's historical sites meeting many locals and tourists.

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.


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