IBMA Youth Council

Founded in 2012, the IBMA Youth Council (YC) is comprised of dedicated youth active in the bluegrass community. The YC strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass and roots musicians and budding industry professionals.  The YC organizes the youth track of events at IBMA's World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC each year.  Last year, events included a Youth Stage on Saturday with performances from five talented youth centered bands, a youth jamming room in the Raleigh Convention Center, band drop-ins, seminars and even some free pizza. This year the YC plans to build on the strong foundation it laid last year to produce an even more outstanding set of events and opportunities for the future of bluegrass.  For more information about Youth Council activities, contact Susannah Armstrong ( or Kelly Kessler (

World of Bluegrass Youth Events 

The YC is programming a special series of events just for youth at the World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC. Youth-centered jams, seminars, workshops, performances, and more will be taking place all week, September 27-October 1, offering more ways than ever to get involved in bluegrass music!

Youth Council Committee
Susannah Armstrong, chair
Jake Patty
Ivy Philips
Bethany Burie
Helen Foley

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