Leadership Bluegrass

IBMA's annual professional development intensive course

Class of 2018: March 5-7, 2018 in Nashville, TN

The Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2018 will be:

Greg Blake

Greg Blake Music, Jeff Scroggins & Colorado

Overland Park, KS


Stacy Chandler

Patricia Ann Eaves

No Depression

Eastern Tennessee State University   

Garner, NC
Johnson City, TN


Landon Elmore

Landon Elmore Design & Marketing

Raleigh, NC


Daniel Eubanks

Special Consensus

Nashville, TN


Mollie Farr

Lost Buffalo Artists

Nashville, TN


Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer

Silver Spring, MD


Jessica Grossman

Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association

Huntington, IN


Patricia Imbrogno


Pittsburgh, PA

Maria Ivey

Press House

Nashville, TN


George Jackson

Artist, Booking Agent

Madison, TN


Emma John

The Guardian

London, UK


Katie Keller

International Bluegrass Music Museum

Owensboro, KY


Adam Kirr

Charm City Bluegrass, The Bluegrass Marketer

Baltimore, MD


Kara Kundert

Bluegrass Pride

Oakland, CA


Jeffrey Ludin

Bluegrass Country Foundation

Vienna, VA


Brett Martin

Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc.

Independence, VA


Patrick McGonigle

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Brookline, MA


Matthew Miller

Rounder Records

Nashville, TN


Jeff Miller

Flashpoint Arts

Tuscaloosa, AL


Lenny Nichols

Central Texas Bluegrass Association

Round Rock, TX


Kim Robins

Kim Robins and 40 Years Late

Bloomington, IN


Ivy Sheppard

Born In The Mountain

Mount Airy, NC


Bil VornDick

Mountainside Music

Nashville, TN


Jef Walter

The Carolina PineCones

Durham, NC





The 2018 course has been created by the Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee. The Leadership Bluegrass Selection Committee identified this cohort of attendees who represent a balance of all areas of the bluegrass industry, selected from a field of over 70 highly qualified applicants.



About Leadership Bluegrass

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. Leadership Bluegrass seeks to explore bluegrass music and its place in the larger world of entertainment through:

  • A systematic study of the business of bluegrass, its institutions and organizations, their needs, problems and resources
  • Exposure to a wide variety of current music leaders and notable persons
  • Encouraging independent thinking, fresh perspectives and approaches. It is not intended to "indoctrinate" or pass on the current leaders' views and ideas.
  • Acquaintance with relevant issues facing bluegrass, their history and future possibilities
  • Involvement of all related facets of the music industry which impact bluegrass
  • High quality interactive sessions for the participants.

IBMA and Leadership Bluegrass gratefully acknowledge our Platinum Sponsors BMI, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, Williams Mullen and Wintergrass/Acoustic Sound.