The Nashville-based program is designed to educate participants in various segments of the music industry, as well as encourage dialogue and understanding among industry leaders and explore the challenges facing the music business.
The eight-month program kicks off with an orientation and alumni welcome reception in September, followed by a two-day Opening Retreat in October, then six all-day sessions once a month, and a graduation and Closing Retreat in May.
Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the Class of 2021 was deferred, although modified program days have been held virtually, open to all 1,200 LM alumni. Any applicant from last year will automatically be considered an applicant for the Class of 2022.
According to Leadership Music Executive Director Debbie Schwartz Linn, “With the safety of the class and everyone involved with the programming uppermost in our minds, we are optimistically planning to meet in-person, beginning with Orientation in September. We are considering a contingency plan if we are still operating under CDC guidelines in the fall.
“For the past several years, we received over 300 applications for the Leadership Music program, from which the selection committee chooses approximately 45 participants. One reason for this is the reputation the national program has received from alumni during its 32-year history. They recognize how important and transformative the process was for them, the educational component, plus the unique community created from that experience with their class, and overall, the organization itself. The selection committee is tasked with choosing a class comprised of passionate, balanced and diversified professionals who are, individually and collectively, leaders in their field representing all segments of the music industry globally.”
The application, program dates, policies and FAQs are available at www.leadershipmusic.org.
Applications must be submitted via the online process no later than midnight, Feb. 28, 2021.