IBMA Announces 2018 Leadership Bluegrass Graduating Class

Front row (L-R): Greg Blake, Jessica Grossman, Stacy Chandler, Patricia Ann Eaves, Cathy Fink, Jeff Miller. Second row (L-R): Scott Napier, Mollie Farr, Katie Keller, Landon Elmore.
Third row (L-R): Maria Ivey, Patricia Imbrogno, Emma John, Ivy Sheppard, Jef Walter.
Fourth row (L-R): Adam Kirr, George Jackson, Bil VornDick, Brett Martin, Kara Kundert, Matt Miller. Back row (L-R): Patrick M’Gonigle, Dan Eubanks, Lenny Nichols, Jeffrey Ludin. Photo: Alane Anno

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2018. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences which invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, and pursue leadership development. This was the 19th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 400 alumni. Leadership Bluegrass 2018 was hosted at BMI in Nashville, Tennessee March 5-7. Trisha Tubbs served as the course facilitator (her 8th consecutive year), and Jay Armsworthy was assistant facilitator.

Each year, participants are selected through a competitive application process and are a cross-section of current and future leaders from all areas of the industry, coming from various regions of the U.S. and the world. Sponsors for Leadership Bluegrass include BMI, Wintergrass (Acoustic Sound), Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and Williams Mullen.

Greg Blake, Greg Blake Music, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Overland Park, KS
Stacy Chandler, No 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
Scott Napier, Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, Bloomington, IN
Lenny Nichols, Central Texas Bluegrass Association, Round Rock, TX
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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