20198 Leadership in Bluegrass Announced

by | 24 Dec, 2018

Leadership Bluegrass

Leadership BluegrassThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the 2019 class of Leadership Bluegrass, an intensive three-day program of advanced-level interactive learning experiences designed to build commitment, motivate talents, and instil enthusiasm for addressing the future of the bluegrass music industry. This will be its 20th year since its inception in 2000.

Leadership Bluegrass boasts more than 400 graduates, and each year 25 individuals are invited to take part.

“Leadership Bluegrass has become one of the most impactful programs in the bluegrass music industry to connect and develop professionals who have made a strong commitment to advance both their careers and the ongoing efforts of the IBMA,” says IBMA Executive Director Paul Schiminger. “This year’s class has an impressive collective resumé and demonstrated ability to lead across a broad cross-section of our music.  Congratulations to the Class of 2019 for being selected out of such a strong group of candidates.

The members of the class of 2019 are:
Anni Beach Jam Park ‘n’ Blues Neighbourhood Band Chandler AZ
David Benedict Mile Twelve Cambridge, MA
Andrea Berman Pacific Pickin’, CiTR (101.9 FM) West Vancouver, BC
Sam Blumenthal Charlotte, NC
Philip Chorney Charm City Bluegrass / Baltimore Management Agency Rosedale, MD
Michelle Conceison Market Monkeys Nashville, TN
Deborah Fillman Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum Owensboro, KY
Sophie Galep Minnesota Bluegrass Elizabethton, TN
Michele Gourley Durham, NC
Philip Graham Ear Trumpet Labs Portland, OR
Rick Greene SamJam Bluegrass Festival Waverly, OH
Katie Hogue John Hartford Enterprises Nashville, TN
John Lowell John Lowell Music Livingston, MT
Alex Mallett Folk Alliance International Kansas City, MO
Mary Beth Martin Earl Scruggs Center Shelby, NC
Jana Mougin Dark Shadow Recording Goodlettsville, TN
Kali Nowakowski Straight Up Strings Atascadero, CA
Forrest O’Connor The O’Connor Band / Kate Lee & Forrest O’Connor Nashville, TN
Thomas Pritchard Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance East Greenwich, RI
Gregory Reish MTSU Center for Popular Music Murfreesboro, TN
Kim Robins Kim Robins and 40 Years Late Worthington, IN
Matt Royles Man About a Horse / Philly Bluegrass Philadelphia, PA
John Strohm Rounder Records Nashville, TN
Maria Wallace True North Music Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
Melanie Wilson Wilson Pickins Promotions Westminster, SC

Leadership Bluegrass 2019 takes place from the 4th to 6th March at BMI in Nashville. The course will be facilitated by Trisha Tubbs for the eighth consecutive year. Leadership Bluegrass is made possible through the generous support of its Platinum Sponsors: BMI, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, Williams Mullen, and the Wintergrass Music Festival (Acoustic Sound).