Industry Ink: Leadership Bluegrass, Travis Greene, Hometown Rising

Leadership Bluegrass Applications Open

Leadership Bluegrass is accepting applications for its 2020 class. The annual education program created by IBMA for its professional members was created to gather a cross section of both well-established and rising leaders in the bluegrass industry for a three-day intensive program of learning and communication. The intent of Leadership Bluegrass is to foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community and assist graduates to determine the goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they choose to serve. The network is now 20 years old, with over 450 graduates. Only 25 applicants are chosen each year and represent all areas of the bluegrass music industry. Leadership Bluegrass is hosted by BMI in their Nashville offices. The application for the Class of 2020 is now available at IBMA’s official site.


Travis Greene Celebrates Gold Plaque

Artist, songwriter, and producer Travis Greene was presented with a Gold Plaque from RCA Inspiration for his No.1 smash hit single “Intentional,” which has been RIAA-Certified Gold for a half million in sales. The chart-topper was presented with this award during his annual Engage Culture Weekend in Columbia, South Carolina.

The weekend featured empowering live events with special guests including Kirk Franklin, DeVon Franklin, Heather Lindsey, Tasha Cobbs Leonard, Matt Kemp, and more. Greene recently released a new single and video for “Won’t Let Go,” from his forthcoming album Broken Record.


Hometown Rising Announces Performance Schedule

Hometown Rising, the first-ever Country Music & Bourbon Festival, has announced its music schedule which will feature Tim McGraw, Luke Bryan, Keith Urban, and Little Big Town with additional appearances from Dwight Yoakam, Trace Adkins, Brett Young, Jake Owen, Bret Michaels, Frankie Ballard, and many more. The festival, which takes place Sept. 14-15 at Highland Festival Grounds at KY Expo Center in Louisville, Kentucky, will include more than 30 artists on the festival’s three stages over the course of the weekend. For the full performance schedule, visit



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