IBMA Graduates 25 New Bluegrass Leaders in Class of 2014

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  -  2014 IBMA LEADERSHIPThe International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2014.

This was the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

Leadership Bluegrass 2014 was hosted at BMI, and Bone McAllester Norton PLLC in Nashville, Tennessee March 21 through 22. Trisha Tubbs was the facilitator. Each year participants are selected through a selective application process and are a cross section of current and future leaders from various aspects of the industry, and come from various regions of the U.S. and the world.

As an entrepreneur who serves the bluegrass community, I gained insights that will greatly enhance my team’s ability to serve effectively and collaboratively,” said LBG ’14 graduate Claire Ratliff, Laughing Penguin Productions. “It’s a welcoming place for every shade of blue!”

Congratulations to the graduates:

Alane Anno, Alane Anno Photography (Hendersonville, TN)
Richard Bicknell, Bluegrass Music Association of Maine (Windham, ME)
Sherrill Blackman, sdb music group (Nashville, TN)
Seamus Brady, G7th Ltd (Peterborough, UK)
Lizard Thom Case, Bobby’s Idle Hour/ songwriter (Nashville, TN)
Taylor Coughlin, IBMA (Nashville, TN)
Jamie Deering, Deering Banjos (Spring Valley, CA)
Mark Dillon, University of North Carolina Greensboro (Randleman, NC)
Pam Gadd, songwriter & musician (Nashville, TN)
John Curtis Goad, East Tennessee State University/ Bluegrass Today (Rogersville, TN)
Pattie Hopkins, Kickin Grass (Winterville, NC)
Nate Lee, Chuck Lee Banjo Company/ Alan Munde Gazette (Nashville, TN)
Ted Lehmann, Ted Lehmann’s Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms (Keene, NH)
Chris Luquette, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen (Alexandria, VA)
Patrick McAvinue, Audie Blaylock & Redline (Parkton, MD)
Matt Merta, songwriter/artist/manager/freelance writer (Dearborn, MI)
Daniel Perry, Belmont University (Nashville, TN ), Student Monitor
Claire Ratliff, Laughing Penguin Publicity (Nashville, TN)
Cass B. Scripps, Agency for the Performing Arts/APA  (Nashville, TN)
Matthew Slocum, DC Bluegrass Union (Falls Church, VA)
Amanda Smith, Kenny & Amanda Smith (Lebanon, TN)
Anna Somerville, Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada)
Rick Sparks, Northern Nevada Bluegrass Association (Reno, NV)
Ashlee Jean Trott, Music City Roots/ Bluegrass Underground (Nashville, TN)
Vickie Vaughn, The Vickie Vaughn Band (Nashville, TN)

PRESCRIPTION BLUEGRASS IMAGE  - IBMA LEADERSHIP 2014Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues.

For information on the next Leadership Bluegrass class, contact Taylor Coughlin at (615) 256-3222 or taylor@ibma.org.

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