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

Application window now open! Apply to Leadership Bluegrass. The application process is open from September 1 – October 31, 2018.



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 the Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Reception/Fundraiser and the Leadership Bluegrass Master Class during World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, USA.

You can also find out about the biannual Leadership Bluegrass Spring Retreat and the local Spring Retreat.

Learn More
back to top