IBMA Announces Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2020

NASHVILLE, TENN. (December 19, 2019) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the 2020 class of Leadership Bluegrass, an intensive three-day program of advanced-level interactive learning experiences designed to build commitment, motivate talents, and instill enthusiasm for addressing the future of the bluegrass music industry.

Since its inception in 2000, Leadership Bluegrass boasts more than 400 graduates, and each year a small group of skilled industry professionals are invited to take part in this one-of-a-kind experience.

“This year’s Leadership Bluegrass class is as strong as any I’ve seen. The large number of diverse and high-quality applicants is quite a statement about the impressive qualifications of those selected and the reputation of the program,” says IBMA Executive Director Paul Schiminger. “Our association’s mission is to connect, educate, and empower bluegrass professionals, and IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass continues to be one of the most important professional development programs in the bluegrass music industry. Participation in this class and future alumni activities is an impactful commitment to one’s career, the IBMA, and the bluegrass community. Congratulations to the Class of 2020!”

The members of the class of 2020 are:
(name/affiliation/hometown)

Jake Blount
Washington, D.C.

David Brower
PineCone / WUNC
Carrboro, NC

Thomas Cassell
Circus No. 9
Johnson City, TN

Ethan Charles
International Bluegrass Music Association
Nashville, TN

Jennifer Danielson
Pandora
Nashville, TN

Worth Dixon
D’Addario & Company, Inc.
Farmingdale, NY

Rick Faris
Special Consensus
Topeka, KA

Rebecca Frazier
Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
Nashville, TN

Greg Garrison
Leftover Salmon / University of Colorado – Denver
Lakewood, CO

Dave Howard
Louisville Folk School
Louisville, KY

Fred Knittel
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Washington, D.C.

Marianne Kovatch
Blue Ridge Music Center
Winton-Salem, NC

Evie Ladin
Evie Ladin Band
Oakland, CA

Michelle Lee
WOBL / Bluegrass Borderline / Smoked Country Jam
Sheffield Lake, OH

Ed Leonard
Billy Blue Records
Hendersonville, TN

Ned Luberecki
Becky Buller Band / SiriusXM
Nashville, TN

Didier Philippe
La Roche Bluegrass Festival
Etaux, France

Lauren Price Napier
The Price Sisters
Hyden, KY

Angela Sommers Rees
Dorrigo Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Dorrigo, NSW, Australia

Brian Swenk
Big Daddy Love / Midwood Entertainment
Glen Allen, VA

Abi Tapia
Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum
Nashville, TN

Suzy Thompson
Berkeley Old Time Music Convention
Berkeley, CA

Amanda Thompson
Frankfort Bluegrass Festival
Mokena, IL

Roxanne Tromly
Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum / ROMP Fest
Owensboro, KY

Natalya Zoe Weinstein
Zoe & Cloyd / Warren Wilson College
Fairview, NC

Benjamin Wright
Henhouse Prowlers / Bluegrass Ambassadors
Chicago, IL

Leadership Bluegrass 2020 will take place March 2-4 at BMI in Nashville. The course will be facilitated by Kathy Hanson and is made possible through the generous support of its Platinum Sponsors: BMI and Williams Mullen.

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