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Congratulations to Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2014

Leadership Bluegrass 2014Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

Grammy Win Means Music Lab Upgrades for Students & Community

Music LabRoanoke, VA -- Thanks to a historic Grammy win, Jefferson Center Foundation's Music Lab program continues to receive positive attention and forward momentum from around the world and right here at home. In March 2013, Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway made Roanoke history by recording a live performance on Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall stage, leading to a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance. The performance was just one of nearly a dozen incredible songs found on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Volume 1 album, filmed and recorded live at Jefferson Center and benefitting the Foundation's Music Lab program with every purchase made. Music Lab is welcoming a new staff member in sound engineer Nick Corrigan. Corrigan will serve as the go to sound engineer in Music Lab's Roanoke location, joining Music Lab Floyd's sound engineer Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnette.

2014 Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp Moves to Nashville

Monroe Mandolin Camp 2014The Annual Monroe Style Mandolin Camp which has been hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky is moving to Nashville, Tennessee this year. The camp, scheduled for September 4-7, 2014 will be held at Camp Marymount at 1318 Fairview Blvd. The Monroe Mandolin Camp (Nashville) is a specialized mandolin camp playing and learning the songs and instrumentals of Bill Monroe. The mission of this camp is brilliantly simple: Provide world-class musicians chooled in the music written, recorded, and created by the Father of Blue Grass music-Bill Monroe. This niche genre within the world of bluegrass is important to preserve and keep alive. It is the roots and base for an entire subculture of music within the folk/country/roots/bluegrass scene.

Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Steve Kaufman Acoustic KampThe Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarship Fund is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Dreadnoughts Unlimited Scholarships to the Steve Kaufman Acoustic Kamp. Dreadnoughts Unlimited makes this annual award to a promising musician who wishes to further his/her studies by participating in one of the week-long kamps in Maryville, TN.

IBMA Announces 2014 Leadership Bluegrass Class

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

CMA Supports Music Education with 5th “Keep The Music Playing” Concert

Keep The Music PlayingNashville, TN -- Music City’s finest student musicians will once again take the stage during CMA’s Fifth Annual Keep the Music Playing All Stars Concert on Tuesday, Jan. 28 (6:00 PM/CT). Taking place for the first time at the CMA Theater at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, this year’s concert will be hosted by EMI Nashville recording artist and CMA Awards nominee Eric Paslay.

Paddy Montgomery wins 2014 Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship

Paddy is the recipient of the 2014 Australian Youth Bluegrass Scholarship. He will receive a $1500 cash grant from the Davidson Brothers as well as a recording package from Pacific International Music. At 25 years old, the South Australian musician has established himself firmly as one of the finest mandolin players we have ever seen in Australia. He discovered Bluegrass Music through attending many folk festivals around Australia in his teens and cites Sam Bush (USA) as his biggest inspiration on the mandolin.

ArtistWorks Launches Comprehensive Guitar Lessons at No Cost

ArtistWorks Acoustic Guitar 101ArtistWorks, the leading interactive lifestyle social learning platform, today announced the upcoming launch of their new Acoustic Guitar 101 School. Available in early December, Acoustic Guitar 101 represents the most comprehensive free guitar lesson resource available online today.

Scholarships Available to Pete Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp

Pete (Dr. Banjo) WernickPete Wernick announces the availability of two scholarships to his 2014 Advanced Banjo Camp, January 20-25 in Boulder, Colorado. The camp is geared to players in performing bands and focuses on tone, timing, “believability”, creativity, band dynamics, and performance. The scholarships are intended for pickers who would need financial help to attend the camp.

Music & Memory Receives Financial Backing

Music & MemoryMusic & Memory is a non-profit organization that brings personalized music into the lives of the elderly or infirm through digital music technology, vastly improving quality of life. Music & Memory is "re-awakening" elders with Alzheimer's through personalized playlists -- has received financial backing from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the Healthcare Foundation of New Jersey.

Anni Beach Honored for Dedication to Students of Bluegrass

Anni Beach, James Reams, AlanBarnstormer Boost Award for Dedicated Music Teacher -- As the Grand Finale to the James Reams & The Barnstormers’ 20th anniversary coast-to-coast celebration tour, the band performed to a packed house at the Fiddler’s Dream concert hall in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, November 2nd. The standing room only event brought together this nationally-known bluegrass band, a Grammy-nominated fiddler, a 70-year-old music teacher, and an 11-year-old Hispanic guitar player for an evening of great music and good times.

2nd Annual California Banjo Extravaganza Nov 14-17

Tony Trischka, Sammy Shelor, Bill EvansBluegrass music banjo artist/instructor/composer Bill Evans wants to let you know about a series of four northern California concerts and an afternoon of workshops featuring banjo legends Tony Trischka, Sammy Shelor, Sharon Gilchrist, John Reischman, Chad Manning, Jim Nunally along with Bill that is happening November 14-17 in northern California.

ICMC 2014 Experience to Feature WLS Barn Dance Rare Photos

The Prairie Ramblers and Patsy Montana Courtesy of Michael MontanaThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) has announced another ‘reveal’ that will add to your ICMC 2014 experience. It will be a fascinating session indeed when Erika Brady and Nolan Porterfield present a remarkable discovery of WLS National Barn Dance touring package show photographs from 1937-1940 that include Gene Autry and many other significant performers.

IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass Application Deadline Nov 15

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Time is running out to apply for Leadership Bluegrass 2014! Held March 20-22, 2014 at BMI, and the law firm of Bone, McAllester and Norton in Nashville, Tennessee, Leadership Bluegrass is a three-day, intense, unique opportunity for industry leaders looking to explore bluegrass in the larger world of entertainment. Seminars with top insiders, networking opportunities, and critical thinking sessions are part of the program, and more.

ArtistWorks Releases "How to Tune a Mandolin" by Mike Marshall

 How to Tune a MandolinArtistWorks online music academy is the premiere Internet based instrument learning place. The site is bristling with innovative technique taught by award winners in the industry. Each artist/instructor has a long history of performing with some of the best in the genre. Mike Marshall is obviously no exception. ArtistWorks features a fine video on their feature article, "How to Tune a Mandolin".

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