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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?

Educators' Day Events at Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, TN/VA -- In preparation for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM), BCMM's Education Committee wants to ensure educators in both Virginia and Tennessee view the museum as an important educational resource. BCMM is committed to providing interdisciplinary material and experiences that will help teachers and students achieve their educational goals. In order to do so, BCMM is planning an Educators’ Day on July 22, 2014 and two days of in-services for regional teachers on July 23 and July 24, 2014. These events will offer educators from our region a “sneak peek” at the new museum before Grand Opening Events Weekend August 1-3. It will also offer an opportunity to earn professional development/in-service hours.

Mark O’Connor's Fiddle Method Comes to Texas

Texas O'Connor MethodThe O’Connor Method has been revered as the method to rival, as it combines the art of teaching young children with the teaching of American music. By joining the rich heritage of American music with the art of playing a stringed instrument, the O’Connor Method has the ingredients to stand the test of time in every aspect of a creative string method. Founded by fiddler, Mark O’Connor, the method is centered around engaging young musicians with American music history.

ArtistWorks & Mandolin Cafe Present “Mando Magic with Mike”

ArtistWorks Mandolin Workship by Mandolin CafeNapa, CA -- ArtistWorks, the leading provider of interactive online music lessons, has teamed up with Mandolin Cafe to present a rare, live online workshop with world-renowned mandolin player, and ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass online teaching artist, Mike Marshall. Since 2011, Marshall has taught hundreds of mandolin enthusiasts online at this first-of-its-kind online music and art campus that provides members with personalized instruction via video interaction with world-acclaimed musicians and artists.

Free Online Mandolin Workshop with Mike Marshall July 9

Mike MarshallNAPA, CA -- ArtistWorks, the leading provider of interactive online music lessons, has teamed up with Mandolin Cafe to present a rare, live online workshop with world-renowned mandolin player, and ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass online teaching artist, Mike Marshall. Since 2011 Marshall has taught hundreds of mandolin enthusiasts online at this first-of-its-kind online music and art campus that provides members with personalized instruction via video interaction with world-acclaimed musicians and artists.

Announcing The 2014 Bill Monroe Mandolin Camp

Monroe Mandolin CampThe Monroe Mandolin Camp is a specialized, hands-on camp about the music that influenced and was created by the pioneer and father of bluegrass music, Bill Monroe. Directed by master mandolinist Mike Compton, this camp will include 3..5 days of hands-on instructional intensive classes for beginner through advanced students. The camp also 16+ daily classes, one-on-one private tutorials for all students, opportunities to work with world class luthiers on your own instrument, and both structured jams led by an instructor to try out your new chops, and unstructured jam sessions late into the evening.

ChordBuddy to Sponsor Knee-Deep in Bluegrass

Cindy BaucomDothan, AL -- ChordBuddy LLC, makers of the popular ChordBuddyTM Guitar Learning System and the ChordBuddy Jr. kids guitar, today announced that it will be the presenting sponsor for “Knee-Deep in Bluegrass,” a weekly two-hour syndicated radio show hosted by Cindy Baucom.

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