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IBMA Announces World of Bluegrass 2012 Schedule: Sept 24-30

IBMA LogoNashville, TN -- There's a definite buzz among International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) members about where the host city for World of Bluegrass 2013-2015 may be. But the association's annual "bluegrass industry summit and music family reunion" is all set for a return to Nashville, and this year will definitely be one you just can't miss. Mark your calendars now for September 24-30, 2012.

IBMA Bluegrass Songwriter Showcase Announced

IBMA Songwriter ShowcaseNashville, TN -- Bands are always looking for good new songs, and once again, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) will help make those connections for 10 selected songwriters during their annual World of Bluegrass Convention to be hosted in Nashville, Tennessee, September 24-30, 2012. The exact date and time of the Songwriter Showcase will be announced in the future issue of International Bluegrass, the membership newsletter and also on the IBMA website.

2012 Artists Announced to Showcase at IBMA Business Conference

IBMA Showcase ArtistsNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the final lineup of showcase artists for this year's World of Bluegrass trade show and convention to be held September 24-27, 2012 in Nashville, TN. The IBMA is proud to announce the bands, listed below, who have been invited to present themselves in the official evening showcases at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference. The showcases are one of the highlights of the week-long convention and trade put on by the association.

IBMA Names Nancy Cardwell as Interim Executive Director

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- The Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association announced Monday, March 5 that it has appointed Nancy Cardwell as Interim Executive Director. "The search for a permanent Executive Director continues," said Board Chairperson Stan Zdonik. "Given that planning for next year's event is heating up, the Board decided that it was important to have someone fill that role in the interim. Thus, the Board unanimously appointed Nancy Cardwell to the position of Interim Executive Director until a permanent replacement is found. We are confident that she will do a great job."

International Bluegrass Music Association Announces 2012 Leadership Bluegrass Class

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.

Dan Hays To Become Franklin Theatre Director

Dan HaysFranklin, TN -- The Board of Directors of the Heritage Foundation of Franklin and Williamson County today announced that Dan Hays will become the new Director for the Franklin Theatre. Dan Hays announded that he was leaving the International Bluegrass Music Association where he has been the Executive Director for over a decade.

IBMA Webinar: Making the Most of Your Next Interview - Dec. 6, 2011

IBMA LogoThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a few seats still open for their Dec. 6 webinar (5 p.m. Central, 6 p.m. Eastern, 4 p.m. Mountain Time, 3 p.m. Pacific) titled "Making the Most of Your Next Interview," and they hope you'll join them! The IBMA hosts webinars to help those in the bluegrass music industry sharpen their skills and acquire insights into various avenues of the music and the industry.

The I in ICMC is also is the I in IBMA

Nancy CardwellThe I in ICMC is also is the I in IBMA and I stands for "International." ICMC is the International Country Music Conference and IBMA is the International Bluegrass Music Association. Both are International, both are music and both are country roots related. There is often a great overlap with bluegrass and country music. One of the upcoming presentations for 2012 will be by IBMA's Nancy Cardwell which will deal with a significant topic "Yonder Mountain String Band, 12 Years and We're Still Dancing." YMSB is significant in the ongoing Bluegrass community discussions dealing with the parameters of Bluegrass known informally as WIBA or, more precisely, "What Is Bluegrass Anyway?"

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