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.

March 4-6, 2019
Nashville, TN

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, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, Williams Mullen and Wintergrass/Acoustic Sound.

Apply to Leadership Bluegrass

The application window is closed for Leadership Bluegrass 2019. Look for the application process for the Class of 2020 to open from late summer – early fall of 2019.


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
    (both held as part of World of Bluegrass in Raliegh, NC in September)
  • Biennial Leadership Bluegrass Spring Retreat and the
  • Regional Spring Retreat

Find full information on the the 2019 Leadership Bluegrass Spring Retreat at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Ky here.

Register for the 2019 Leadership Bluegrass Retreat here.

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