Submitted by Lachlan Davidson, VIC.
Lachlan Davidson traveled to the USA this year to participate in the 2010 class of Leadership Bluegrass. Now in its eleventh year with more than 250 alumni, Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive three-day program of advanced level, interactive learning experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing bluegrass music along with related leadership issues. It’s facilitated by Fred Bartenstein, the classes were held at the BMI offices in Nashville Tennessee from 9th to 11th March this year.
I first heard about the short course when I represented Australia at the 2008 IBMA International Bluegrass Summit meetings held during the World of Bluegrass Convention. The class has been running for 11 years now and is a three day course of 25 students selected from applicants world wide.
The concept of the course is to encourage the development of Leaders in various areas of the bluegrass music industry. Held on music row at the BMI offices in Nashville, the course looks at the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats facing our music today.
Throughout the intense 3 days, key speakers from music city lend their time presenting to the class their expertise covering festival production, distribution, royalties, booking agencies, education and longtime bluegrass legends Doyle Lawson, Eddie Adcock and Blue Highways, Rob Ickes presented interactive sessions where they spoke about their careers.
The lifelong connections to come out from the course blew me away, with big time music lawyers, and industries leaders agreeing to answer any questions and help out in the furture through the Leadership Bluegrass Network.
Each day started before 9am until 9pm, which included spending all meals together, late nights at the Station Inn, breakfast at the IBMA office and a pickin party at IBMA director, Dan Hay’s house to allow everyone to play some music during their stay.