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 BeachJam Park ‘n’ Blues Neighbourhood BandChandler AZ
David BenedictMile TwelveCambridge, MA
Andrea BermanPacific Pickin’, CiTR (101.9 FM)West Vancouver, BC
Sam BlumenthalCharlotte, NC
Philip ChorneyCharm City Bluegrass / Baltimore Management AgencyRosedale, MD
Michelle ConceisonMarket MonkeysNashville, TN
Deborah FillmanBluegrass Music Hall of Fame and MuseumOwensboro, KY
Sophie GalepMinnesota BluegrassElizabethton, TN
Michele GourleyDurham, NC
Philip GrahamEar Trumpet LabsPortland, OR
Rick GreeneSamJam Bluegrass FestivalWaverly, OH
Katie HogueJohn Hartford EnterprisesNashville, TN
John LowellJohn Lowell MusicLivingston, MT
Alex MallettFolk Alliance InternationalKansas City, MO
Mary Beth MartinEarl Scruggs CenterShelby, NC
Jana MouginDark Shadow RecordingGoodlettsville, TN
Kali NowakowskiStraight Up StringsAtascadero, CA
Forrest O’ConnorThe O’Connor Band / Kate Lee & Forrest O’ConnorNashville, TN
Thomas PritchardRhode Island Bluegrass AllianceEast Greenwich, RI
Gregory ReishMTSU Center for Popular MusicMurfreesboro, TN
Kim RobinsKim Robins and 40 Years LateWorthington, IN
Matt RoylesMan About a Horse / Philly BluegrassPhiladelphia, PA
John StrohmRounder RecordsNashville, TN
Maria WallaceTrue North MusicHuddersfield, West Yorkshire, UK
Melanie WilsonWilson Pickins PromotionsWestminster, 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).