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IBMA 2012 Leadership Bluegrass Application Deadline November 15, 2011

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IBMA Leadership BluegrassThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a program for professionals within the bluegrass music industry to improve what they do. The purpose of the Leadership Bluegrass program is to pull together a cross section of people with exhibited or potential leadership qualities into a network of learning and communication. The results will foster a broad-based understanding of the total needs of the bluegrass community, which will help participants better prepare to determine the goals of the particular organization, company or group in which they choose to serve.

The 2012 class will be held March 8-10 in Nashville, Tennessee. The deadline for applying is coming up and is just 2 weeks away -- November 15th.

Leadership Bluegrass seeks to explore bluegrass music and its place in the larger world of entertainment through:

  • A systematic study of the business of bluegrass, its institutions and organizations, their needs, problems and resources
  • Exposure to a wide variety of current music leaders and notable persons
  • Encouraging independent thinking, fresh perspectives and approaches. It is not intended to "indoctrinate" or pass on the current leaders?views and ideas.
  • Acquaintance with relevant issues facing bluegrass, their history and future possibilities
  • Involvement of all related facets of the music industry which impact bluegrass
  • High quality interactive sessions for the participants.


The selection process for Leadership Bluegrass is competitive, with more applicants than there are positions available. While your application or recommendation does not guarantee a position in the class, IBMA does guarantee that everyone who applies will be given an equal opportunity. The deadline to apply every year is November 15. Details and application were posted in the fall and were also be available at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference held about a month ago.

Enrollment and participation in Leadership Bluegrass is voluntary and a new class will be selected each year. All class members are expected to bear the expense of any travel and/or lodging during the program as well as pay a class participation fee. A limited number of partial scholarships are available to qualified applicants.

A full refund minus a $30 processing fee will be offered to confirmed attendees who notify the IBMA office three weeks before the event that they will need to cancel. After the three week date has passed, refunds will not be issued.

Class size is limited to around 25 individuals. The criteria for participation and selection to the program shall include:

  • A sincere commitment, motivation and interest in servicing the bluegrass community today and in the future.
  • Relative bluegrass community activity and experience.
  • An interest in advancing one's own professional or volunteer leadership roles within the bluegrass music industry.
  • The opportunity and commitment to take the time the program requires for completion.

Application information as well as a brochure and other details are available at the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass web page.

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