The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the 2020 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.
Since its inception in 2000, Leadership Bluegrass boasts more than 400 graduates, and each year a small group of skilled industry professionals are invited to take part in this one-of-a-kind experience.
This year’s Leadership Bluegrass class is as strong as any I’ve seen. The large number of diverse and high-quality applicants is quite a statement about the impressive qualifications of those selected and the reputation of the program. Our association’s mission is to connect, educate, and empower bluegrass professionals, and IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass continues to be one of the most important professional development programs in the bluegrass music industry. Participation in this class and future alumni activities is an impactful commitment to one’s career, the IBMA, and the bluegrass community. Congratulations to the Class of 2020 – IBMA Executive Director Paul Schiminger.
The members of the class of 2020 are:
PineCone / WUNC
Circus No. 9
Johnson City, TN
International Bluegrass Music Association
D’Addario & Company, Inc.
Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
Leftover Salmon / University of Colorado – Denver
Louisville Folk School
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Blue Ridge Music Center
Evie Ladin Band
WOBL / Bluegrass Borderline / Smoked Country Jam
Sheffield Lake, OH
Billy Blue Records
Becky Buller Band / SiriusXM
La Roche Bluegrass Festival
|Lauren Price Napier
The Price Sisters
|Angela Sommers Rees
Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Dorrigo, NSW, Australia
Big Daddy Love / Midwood Entertainment
Glen Allen, VA
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Frankfort Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum / ROMP Fest
|Natalya Weinstein Miller
Zoe & Cloyd / Warren Wilson College
Henhouse Prowlers / Bluegrass Ambassadors
Leadership Bluegrass 2020 will take place from 2nd to 4th March, at BMI in Nashville. The course will be facilitated by Kathy Hanson and is made possible through the generous support of its Platinum Sponsors: BMI and Williams Mullen.