NASHVILLE (January 21, 2022) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has decided to postpone its 2022 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program and class until March 6-8, 2023. The decision was made after considering the logistics of ensuring a successful Leadership Bluegrass program, the well-being of the class members, and the quality of the in-person program.

“There were a variety of factors that went into this decision, including the availability of venues, uncertainty around travel and safety measures available or required in early March, and general concerns about putting forth a robust program given the ever-changing health landscape,” said IBMA Executive Director Pat Morris. “However, we look forward to welcoming the Leadership Bluegrass 2023 class next year for our normal, full-scale program.”

All accepted 2022 class members will have a guaranteed spot in the 2023 class, therefore there will be no new application or selection process this fall. The roster of those accepted in the 2022 class — now the 2023 class — will be announced at a later date.

“While we are disappointed to not be able to provide a Leadership Bluegrass program this year, we are excited to take this time to further develop and enhance our existing program. We are determined to put on a 2023 event where participants can confidently learn and network in an environment that is safe and accessible for everyone involved,” said Dustin Boyd, chair of IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee.

Leadership Bluegrass is 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. Each year, 25 applicants from around the world are selected to participate in the class, which is held in Nashville and has boasted more than 500 graduates since its inception in 2000

Please contact Pat Morris at IBMA ([email protected]) for inquiries.

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