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IBMA Announces Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2013

IBMA Leadership BluegrassNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is pleased to announce the participants of Leadership Bluegrass 2013. Leadership Bluegrass, now in its 14th year with more than 300 alumni, is an intensive, three-day program of interactive learning and networking experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing our music, along with related leadership issues.

16 Participants Selected for Acoustic Music Seminar 2013

Mike Marshall Acoustic Music SeminarSavannah, GA -- The 2nd Annual Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS) participants have been selected from a large pool of applicants. Presented by the Savannah Music Festival (SMF), AMS is a groundbreaking mentorship program involving five days of hands-on instruction for some of the most promising and talented young musicians in acoustic music (ages 15 to 22). Led by acclaimed mandolin player Mike Marshall, this year’s students will also study with world-class musicians and artists such as Julian Lage, Darol Anger, Bruce Molsky and Rushad Eggleston.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Saturday Lessons

Springs LessonsOwensboro, KY -- It's registration time for the Spring Semester of the International Bluegrass Music Museum's Saturday Lessons Program. The museum encourages interested students to enroll in this exciting and affordable educational program brought to you by your museum, the International Bluegrass Music Museum!

A New Concept to Learn Bluegrass Instruments Introduced by Layne Publications

Layne PublicationsLayne Publications has just come up with a new way to learn music from an expert from the comforts of their homes. Since 2005, Layne Publications has been a trusted online resource for bluegrass tabs. The company was formed by Jordan Layne Bourland to help aspiring music players learn the intricacies of playing with an entire band. He has recently revealed a series of plans to work out a robust learning program that offers all the necessary assistance to music enthusiasts.

The Grascals Perform at Inaugural Ball at the Smithsonian

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- Multi-award-winning band, The Grascals, will perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian on January 21st at 7:00 p.m. for a celebration of the Inauguration of the President of the United States. The Native Nations Inaugural Ball will feature music, dancing and native cuisine. Funds raised will support the educational programs of the National Museum of the American Indian.

The Crooked Road Receives D’Addario Foundation Grant for Traditional Music Education

The Crooked Road D'Addario FoundationAbingdon, VA -- The D’Addario Foundation recently announced that The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail will receive a $2,000 grant to support traditional music education in Southwest Virginia. The Crooked Road’s Traditional Music Education Program Phase 2, builds upon findings from the program rollout—generating more after-school programs, school assembly programs, and performance opportunities for the region’s youth while strengthening the educational foundation through curricular material distribution, teacher training workshops, and a teacher re-certification course serving a 19-county region of rural Southwest Virginia. The grant will assist with instructor contracts for four new after-school Crooked Road/JAM traditional music programs: FloydJAMS, WiseJAMS – Coeburn/St. Paul, WiseJAMS – Big Stone Gap/Appalachia , and Dickenson County JAMS.

CMA Announces First International Country Music Marketing Summit

CMA InternationalNashville, TN -- The Country Music Association has your passport to reaching and engaging the international marketplace. The Association’s mission is to help expand the format around the world and for the first time, CMA is presenting the International Country Music Marketing Summit, March 1 at Disneyland Paris. The Summit includes panels, research, and a CMA Songwriters Series event with superstars Wynonna and Sugarland’s Kristian Bush, hit songwriters Brett James and Dallas Davidson, and the summit will be hosted by Songwriter Hall of Fame Member Bob DiPiero.

Blazin Bluegrass Scholarship Applications Being Accepted

Blazin Bluegrass ScholarshipsBlazin Bluegrass Scholarship Applications are now being accepted from McCreary County Students and McCreary County Musicians who have the desire to further their education in Bluegrass Music.

Katy Leonard on 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music

ICMC 2013Nashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference, (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. Previously, we announced that Lance Kinney would tackle the always vexing WIBA (What Is Bluegrass Anyway) question and be followed by Katy Leonard of Birmingham Southern. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.

Online Music Education - The New Music Business

Cybergrass LearningLearning to play an instrument well has always been a challenge and in some communities, instructors and tutors are rare or even non-existant. The dawning of multi-media communications, files and tools has enabled a new industry to appear almost over night. During 2012, we saw the development of ArtistWorks and many that are emulating them. More and more musicians are adding instruction into their revenue stream. A year ago we wrote NAMM 2012: ArtistWorks Presents Next Generation of Music Lessons Online and that next generation has really taken off and is now branching out in many different directions.

Award-Winner Kristen Scott Benson Reaches Banjo Students Via Internet

Kristen Scott BensonNashville, TN -- The power of technology has removed physical distance as a roadblock for fans who wish to learn from their musical heroes. Bluegrass music banjo master Kristin Scott Benson is among the well-known artists who offer music lessons to students worldwide via the online service, Skype.

Lance Kinney on What is Bluegrass Anyway (WIBA) at ICMC 2013

Lance KinneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) virtually always has a solid representation of Bluegrass Music oriented sessions and ICMC 2013 is no exception. The ICMC is pleased that long time ICMC friend Lance Kinney of Nick Saban University (NSU), formerly known as the University of Alabama -- will be presenting and dealing with the thorny WIBA issue--What Is Bluegrass Anyway?! If you have read or heard debates on BGRASS-L, or elsewhere, WIBA is not for the feint of heart!

Pete Wernick Announces 2013 Banjo Camp Scholarship Winner

Jacob PanicThe Stelling Banjo Scholarship to Pete (“Dr. Banjo”) Wernick’s Advanced Banjo Camp has been awarded to 26 year-old multi-instrumentalist Jacob Panic, of Baltimore, Maryland. Already a talented banjo player, singer, and songwriter, Jacob aspires to a career in bluegrass music and has recorded an album of original songs on which he plays all the instruments. Reflecting on the award, Jacob says, "I'm humbled and grateful to Pete and Stelling. Pete Wernick is one of my banjo heroes."

Charlie Sizemore Chosen as Distinguished Alumni of the Year

Charlie Sizemore Prestonsburg, KY -- Acclaimed vocalist and guitarist, Charlie Sizemore has been recognized by Big Sandy Community and Technical College in Prestonsburg, Kentucky as a Distinguished Alumni of the Year for 2012. Sizemore attended the school (then Prestonsburg Community College) from 1986-88. While there he was instrumental in forming the Alpha Nu Zeta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honorary society of community and junior colleges and became its first president. He also was named to Who's Who Among Students in America's Junior Colleges.

Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo Tab Released from Layne Publications

Layne PublicationsLayne Publications, the leader in banjo, mandolin and bluegrass guitar instruction, is pleased to announce the release of their latest bluegrass music lesson, Foggy Mountain Breakdown Banjo Tab. Layne Publications has hundreds of songs available with premium MP3 backing tracks recorded with an entire bluegrass band to make learning an instrument as easy as possible without one on one lessons.

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