The IBMA has announced the 2019 keynote address speaker. Grammy winning banjo player and IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award recipient Alison Brown will deliver the Keynote Address at this year’s IBMA Business Conference to be held on Tuesday 24th September, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
The keynote kicks off IBMA’s week-long annual World of Bluegrass event, brought to you by Chiesi USA and taking place from 24th to 28th September in Raleigh, North Carolina.
In her scheduled address, Four and a Half Things I’ve Learned, the Compass Records co-founder will share insights she’s gained over the past 25 years at the helm of one of roots music’s most successful independent labels.
I had the honor of giving the IBMA keynote address 17 years ago. Although we weren’t aware of it at the time, we were in the waning days of the record business as we knew it. Since then, the music industry has undergone a radical transformation in the way music is sold and consumed. All of the players in the ecosystem, from the record labels to the retailers, to the artists and the fans, have been affected. I look forward to sharing some of my thoughts about where we are at this juncture and how to keep bluegrass music healthy and thriving in the current landscape – Alison Brown.
Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world. One of the more multi-faceted minds in roots music, Alison is a former investment banker (with an AB from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), a Grammy winner, USA Artists fellow and co-founder of Nashville-based Compass Records Group which is home to the Compass Records, Red House Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs.
In 2015, Alison received the Distinguished Achievement Award from the International Bluegrass Music Association for the furtherance of bluegrass music. In 2019 she will become the newest inductee into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame for Five String Banjo Performance.
Register for the 2019 Conference here.