IBMA Announces 2018 Leadership Bluegrass Class

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the 2018 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. This will be its 19th year since the program’s inception in 2000.

Leadership Bluegrass boasts more than 400 alums and each year approximately 25 individuals are invited to take part. Leadership Bluegrass 2018 takes place March 5-7 at BMI in Nashville.

The members of the class of 2018:
Greg Blake – Greg Blake Music, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado Overland Park, KS
Stacy ChandlerNo Depression – Garner, NC
Patricia Ann Eaves – Eastern Tennessee State University – Johnson City, TN
Landon Elmore – Landon Elmore Design & Marketing Raleigh, NC
Daniel Eubanks – Special Consensus – Nashville, TN
Mollie Farr – Lost Buffalo Artists – Nashville, TN
Cathy Fink – Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer – Silver Spring, MD
Jessica Grossman – Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association – Huntington, IN
Patricia Imbrogno – Artist – Pittsburgh, PA
Maria Ivey – Press House – Nashville, TN
George Jackson – Artist, Booking Agent – Madison, TN
Emma John – The Guardian – London, UK
Katie Keller – International Bluegrass Music Museum – Owensboro, KY
Adam Kirr – Charm City Bluegrass, The Bluegrass Marketer – Baltimore, MD
Kara Kundert – Bluegrass Pride – Oakland, CA
Jeffrey Ludin – Bluegrass Country Foundation – Vienna, VA
Brett Martin – Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. – Independence, VA
Patrick McGonigle – The Lonely Heartstring Band – Brookline, MA
Matthew Miller – Rounder Records – Nashville, TN
Jeff Miller – Flashpoint Arts – Tuscaloosa, AL
Lenny Nichols – Central Texas Bluegrass Association – Round Rock, TX
Kim Robins – Kim Robins and 40 Years Late – Bloomington, IN
Ivy Sheppard – Born In The Mountain – Mount Airy, NC
Bil VornDick – Mountainside Music – Nashville, TN
Jef Walter – The Carolina PineCones – Durham, NC

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