The IBMA Board, Staff, & Committees

Board of Directors

IBMA’s leadership is made up of a diverse and talented group of individuals working in the bluegrass music industry. To contact a board member via email, click his or her photo.  If you have a  suggestion to share with a particular IBMA committee, please use this email link:


The IBMA Board

Joe Mullins
Chairperson and President
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers
Term: 2020

Ben Surratt
The Rec Room
Term: 2020

Regina Derzon
Bluegrass Music Associations
DC Bluegrass Union
Term: 2019

Denise Jarvinen
At Large
Boston Bluegrass Union
Term: 2018

Claire Armbruster
Event Production
Planning Stages
Term: 2018

Daniel Boner
Print, Media & Education
ETSU/Becky Buller Band
Term: 2020

Jeremy Darrow
Artists, Composers & Music Publishers
Front Country
Term: 2019

Jamie Deering
Merchandisers and Luthiers
Deering Banjos
Term: 2019

Mike Drudge
Agents, Managers & Publicists
Class Act Entertainment
Term: 2018

Silvio Ferretti
International Representative
Term: 2019

Marian Leighton Levy
Executive Committee
Recording, Distribution & Marketing
Rounder Records
Term: 2018

William Lewis
At Large
PineCone: Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Term: 2018

Steve Martin
At Large
Steve Martin’s Unreal Bluegrass
Term: 2018

Stephen Mougin
At Large
Dark Shadow Recording
Term: 2019

Mike Simpson
At Large
Term: 2019

Kenny Smith
Artists, Composers & Music Publishers
Kenny and Amanda Smith
Term: 2020

Wayne Taylor
Artists, Composers & Music Publishers
Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa
Term: 2018

Alan Tompkins
At Large
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Term: 2018

Bob Webster
Broadcast Media
Term: 2020

IBMA Staff

IBMA’s only paid employees are the staff. The IBMA office is based in Nashville, TN. To contact a staff member via email, click his or her photo. For general enquiries, please email or  call 615-256-3222.

Paul Schiminger
Executive Director

Amy Beth Hale
Membership Director

Eddie Huffman
Convention Services Director

Abby Lee Hood
Communications Director

Kaitlyn Luce
Operations Coordinator

IBMA Committees

Our committees are board-appointed. Our professional members serve on these committees on a volunteer basis to implement the programs of IBMA.

Board Committees
Executive Committee
Nominating Committee

Awards Committees
Awards Task Force
Awards Committee (Broadcast)
Awards Eligibility & Criteria Committee
Awards Show Oversight
Broadcast Award
Distinguished Achievement Award Committee
Event of the Year Award
Hall of Fame Nominating Committee
Liner Notes & Graphic Design Award Committee
Momentum Award Committee
Print Media Award
Songwriter of the Year Committee

General Committees
Bluegrass In The Schools
Bluegrass Trust Fund Board
Education Committee
IBMA Youth Council
Information Technology Committee
International Committee
Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Committee
Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee
Legislative Awareness Education Committee
Membership Committee
Songwriters Committee
Songwriter Showcase Selection Committee
Survey Task Force

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