Every year IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass program brings together a cross section of music industry professionals to take an intensive look into the future challenges and opportunities our music faces.The next Leadership class is planned for Thursday 8th to Saturday 10th March, 2012, in Nashville, Tennessee. Those interested in participating are encouraged to apply now for a limited number of openings.
Participants represent a cross section of current leaders from various facets of the industry and diverse regions of the nation and world. Click here for the online application, and also to see a list of Leadership Bluegrass alumni. For more info, you can call Nancy Cardwell at the IBMA office: (615) 256-3222.
There is a $300 participation fee for Leadership Bluegrass for IBMA members; non-members pay $375 (which includes a one-year IBMA membership). All class members are expected to bear the expense of travel and/or lodging during the program, and they must plan to be present for the entire three-day schedule. A limited number of partial scholarships and travel assistance grants are available to applicants, based on need.
Deadline for applications is 15th November 2011.
Here are a few comments from graduates of Leadership Bluegrass 2011:
Most unbelievable amount of useful information in the shortest amount of time. Well planned…. My head is exploding – Jerry Salley, songwriter.
There is no better, more thorough and intense way to get an overview of bluegrass as a music and an industry, and the way it fits into both our culture and the entertainment history as a whole –Larry Nager, journalist.
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 future through the Leadership Bluegrass Network – Lachie Davidson, Davidson Brothers.
It is like getting an MBA in Bluegrass. And just like getting that degree, the learning process has just begun – Richard Spratt, educator/event producer.
Even if you think there’s nothing more for you to learn (or people around you think you already know everything), you will find the opposite is true – Angelika Torrie, European Bluegrass Music Association/ Bluegrass Europe magazine.