Leadership Bluegrass is the IBMA’s annual intensive professional development program.

Launched in 2000, Leadership Bluegrass boasts over four hundred graduates who share a professional network spanning every aspect of our music industry.

Due to restrictions surrounding the current pandemic, we are pleased to announce Leadership Bluegrass will present a four-part professional development online series! The series will be presented in March 2021 and will be free to the public. More updates to come!

Why Attend

Gain the knowledge and connections to realize your business goals and become a leader in the bluegrass music industry!

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

  • Systematic study of the business of bluegrass, and the needs, problems and resources of its institutions and organizations.
  • Exposure to a wide variety of current music leaders and notable persons.
  • Encouragement of independent thinking, fresh perspectives and approaches.
  • Acquaintance with relevant issues facing bluegrass and the IBMA, from their history to future possibilities.
  • Substantive interactive sessions for the participants.

The IBMA gratefully acknowledges our Platinum Sponsors:
BMI, Williams Mullen, and the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum

Leadership Bluegrass is also made possible in part by a project grant from The IBMA Foundation


In lieu of a physical Leadership Bluegrass 2021 class, the program will be presenting a four-part professional development series available to the public. Stay tuned for more details.

View our 2020 Leadership Bluegrass Class Roster

Leadership Bluegrass Alumni

Leadership Bluegrass alumni represent all aspects of the bluegrass industry and related fields. View Leadership Bluegrass alumni by the year they attended.

View Alumni

Leadership Bluegrass Events

Learn more about all Leadership Bluegrass events:

  • Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Reception/Fundraiser
  • Leadership Bluegrass Master Class
  • Leadership Bluegrass Retreats
Learn More
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