IBMA Announces Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016

ibma1111The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced its Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2016.

Each year, Leadership Bluegrass invites a cross-section of industry members with exhibited or potential leadership qualities for a three-day program to examine the opportunities, choices and challenges of the current music industry, in bluegrass and beyond.

2016 marks the 17th year of the program, which boasts nearly 400 alumni. This year, Leadership Bluegrass received over 60 applications for just 26 seats. BMI will once again host Leadership Bluegrass at its offices in Nashville on March 21-23. Trisha Tubbs will return as facilitator.

The 2016 class includes:
Alan Bibey; Grasstowne; Surfside Beach, South Carolina
Daniel Boner; East Tennessee State University; Elizabethton, Tennessee
Dustin Boyd; Planet Bluegrass; Boulder, Colorado
Darbi Brandli; California Bluegrass Association; Oakland, California
Janet Brightly; Consultant, Greyfox and Wintergrass; Annandale, Virginia
Aengus Finnan; Folk Alliance International; Kansas City, Missouri
Jocelyn Gold; Gold Heart; Hamilton, Virginia
Katherine Hanson; FDA Leadership Development; Ijamsville, Maryland
Kelsi Harrigill; Flatt Lonesome; Trinity, Alabama
Lisa Husted; Greyfox Bluegrass Festival; Whitesboro, New York
Leah James; International Bluegrass Music Association; Nashville, Tennessee
Chris Joslin; International Bluegrass Music Museum; Owensboro, Kentucky
Tony Kamel; Wood & Wire; Austin, Texas
Brad Kolodner; WAMU’s Bluegrass Country; Baltimore, Maryland
Devon Leger; Hearth Music; Shoreline, Washington
Marian Leighton Levy; Rounder Records; Newburyport, Massachusetts
Kimber Ludiker; Della Mae; Hendersonville, Tennessee
David Morris; Bluegrass Today/Paddle Faster Publishing; Gaithersburg, Maryland
Laurie Okun; City of Raleigh/Raleigh Convention Center; Raleigh, North Carolina
Patrice O’Neill; Acoustic Sound/Wintergrass; Milton, Washington
James Reams; James Reams & the Barnstormers; Litchfield, Arizona
Salvatore Sauco; Rhode Island Bluegrass Alliance; East, Rhode Island
Annie Savage; Colorado Bluegrass Music Society; Lafayette, Colorado
Lee Stivers; The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers; Washington, Pennsylvania
Lucas White; Middle Tennessee State University; Murfreesboro, Tennessee
Dianee Wyland; Independent Artist & Teacher; Silver Spring, Maryland


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