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Tuesday, September 24
 

10:00am

New Attendee Orientation
IBMAs' World of Bluegrass and the city of Raleigh both have a lot to offer. Whether this is your first time, or you just want to get a fresh perspective on the week, this session will help you make the most of your time at the conference, and in the city.

Tuesday September 24, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Streaming: A New Reality
Representatives from Spotify and Pandora, plus associated experts will discuss how to better utilize streaming to enhance and promote careers.

Speakers
avatar for Cameo Carlson

Cameo Carlson

mtheory
Cameo Carlson is the President of management services company mtheory Nashville, and former Head of Digital Business Development for Borman Entertainment and Executive Vice President of Universal Motown Republic Group. She has worked in everything from FM radio to streaming radio... Read More →
avatar for Jen Danielson

Jen Danielson

Pandora
Jen Danielson oversees programming for Country, Americana and Bluegrass music at Pandora and is based in Nashville, TN. Ms. Danielson previously spent a decade at CMT, a Viacom company, where she served as Director of Music Strategy. She is a proud native of Raleigh, NC.
avatar for Christina Dunkley

Christina Dunkley

Director of Marketing and Promotions, Compass Records, Compass Records
Christina’s music career spans over 25 years with essential roles at Nettwerk Records, 3D Artist Management and now Compass Records Group. She’s worked alongside a multitude of both rising and established platinum-selling artists as an artist manager, garnering her a diverse range... Read More →
avatar for Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner
Justin Hiltner is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His debut record, Watch It Burn, made with co-writer Jon Weisberger, is out now. He is also Associate Editor for The Bluegrass Situation, where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase celebrating... Read More →
avatar for Casey Mahlon

Casey Mahlon

Digital Marketing Manager, Compass Records, Compass Records
Casey launched her career with a digital marketing agency in 2012 and never looked back. Now with over seven years of experience in executing campaigns for emerging artists and GRAMMY-winners alike, she’s found her home at Compass Records as Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

11:00am

Why a Non-Profit Status - How and Why, with a Practical Example
This panel will explore how to form a nonprofit and the limitations and advantages of gaining nonprofit status.  While nonprofit status is an acknowledged path for associations and presenting organizations, we will also have a presentation from artists who will discuss how the status has helped their band advance its business plan.

Speakers
avatar for Jon Goldfine

Jon Goldfine

Henhouse Prowlers
Jon is a co-founding member of both the Henhouse Prowlers and the group’s non-profit, Bluegrass Ambassadors. The non-profit's mission is to educate and inspire through the cultural exchange of music. When not performing around the globe and teaching, Jon handles much of the back-end... Read More →
avatar for Ronald Raxter

Ronald Raxter

PineCone - Piedmont Council of Traditional Music
Ron retired after practicing law for almost 40 years.  His practice included advising non-profit arts organizations. He was a founder of two non-profit arts organizations, the Apple Chill Cloggers and PineCone. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of PineCone, the IBMA... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Wright

Benjamin Wright

Bluegrass Ambassadors
Ben co-runs the Henhouse Prowlers and the 501(c)(3) non-profit Bluegrass Ambassadors. The inspiration for the Bluegrass Ambassadors came from the more than 25 countries that the group has toured as both musical diplomats with the US State Department and as a touring band. Ben handles... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 11:00am - 11:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

12:30pm

Our Community, in Our Own Voices
The Bluegrass community has always been more diverse than most people may assume. But that diversity isn't always as visible as it could be. Or should be. In this event attendees will participate in a series of round-table discussions, guided by a diverse array of hosts, with a goal of encouraging sincere exchange and an enhanced sense of community. All are welcome to talk, or just to listen.

Speakers
avatar for Jake Blount

Jake Blount

Jake Blount is an award-winning old-time banjoist, fiddler, singer and scholar based in Washington, DC. Blount specializes in the music of Black and Native American communities in the southeastern United States, and in the regional style of Ithaca, New York. His teachers include Rhiannon... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Darrow

Jeremy Darrow

Front Country
From festival stages, to clubs, to the rarefied air of the Tibetan Plateau, bassist Jeremy Darrow travels the globe holding down low-end duties with rule-defying indy-folk quartet Front Country. Live and in the studio, Jeremy draws from the worlds of Jazz, Classical, and Pop music... Read More →
avatar for John DeLuca

John DeLuca

John DeLuca grew up in eastern North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh for the last 37 years. He is retired from work as an administrator and attorney in North Carolina State Government. In retirement, he continues to work to expand his limited musical skills. He has been a supporter... Read More →
avatar for Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca

Sandy DeLuca grew up in western North Carolina and has lived in Raleigh for more than 35 years. She retired from a career as a teacher of blind and visually impaired students. She has sung in choirs for most of her life and now works to hone her skills on the mandolin. She has also... Read More →
avatar for Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink

Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer
Cathy Fink is a TWO-TIME GRAMMY® AWARD WINNER, and half of the power duo, Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer. She is the 2018 Appalachian Stringband Banjo Competition first place winner and in 1980 she became the first woman to win the West Virginia State Banjo Contest. She is an artist... Read More →
avatar for Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner
Justin Hiltner is a banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His debut record, Watch It Burn, made with co-writer Jon Weisberger, is out now. He is also Associate Editor for The Bluegrass Situation, where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase celebrating... Read More →
avatar for Kara Kundert

Kara Kundert

Bluegrass Pride
Kara Kundert is the executive director of Bluegrass Pride, a Bay Area-based nonprofit devoted to nurturing and uplifting LGBT voices within the bluegrass and old-time music communities. In her spare time, she also practices mandolin, harmony singing, and amateur American musicology... Read More →
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

The Music Modernization Act: How It Got Here, Where It's Taking Us
A presentation about the history behind the Music Modernization Act, what it will do, and how it will help the Bluegrass and Acoustic world.

Speakers
avatar for Bart Herbison

Bart Herbison

The Nashville Songwriters Association, International
Herbison is Executive Director of the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI), the world's largest not-for-profit songwriters trade organization and advocacy group dedicated to songwriting. Established in 1967, NSAI’s membership of nearly 5,000 spans the United States... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:00pm

Band Coaching with Stephen Mougin
Watch a LIVE Coaching session. Stephen Mougin will work with a band to dig deep into musical and performance concepts, geared to help them (and any band) improve. During the workshop, he will pause to explain strategies and take questions from the audience.

Speakers
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →


Tuesday September 24, 2019 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 402 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Wednesday, September 25
 

9:00am

Harnessing Data
It’s been said that “knowledge is power.” The more you know about your fans, the better you can serve them. The primary focus is to learn about collecting data, and how to use different types of data to achieve your objectives. We may have a computer full of data about our clients, but if we don’t know how to harness it and use it, it is simply taking up space.

Moderators
avatar for Katie Keller

Katie Keller

Born and raised in the Bluegrass state (Kentucky), Katie Keller found a love for string music on the banks of the Ohio River.A Strategic Communications degree from the University of Kentucky, mixed with a passion for music, led her down the path of festival planning and promotions... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Ty Gilpin

Ty Gilpin

Ty Gilpin is the Senior Director of Marketing for North Carolina based Roots music labels Organic Records and Mountain Home Music Company home to multiple IBMA awarded and Grammy nominated artists. Ty is nominated for multiple International Bluegrass music awards this year in his... Read More →
avatar for Dave Kester

Dave Kester

Director of Radio Operations, WNCW
avatar for Ashley Moyer

Ashley Moyer

Ashley graduated from Middle Tennessee State University in 2011. She has been with Rounder Records since the fall of 2015 and has worked on album release campaigns for Sam Bush, The Earls of Leicester, Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, and Steve Martin... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

The Empty Merch Table Conundrum
Vinyl?  Hats? T-Shirts? Download cards? Thumb drives?  Merch sales can often make or break an artist's bottom line on tour. With CD sales in decline, this panel will investigate what artists are doing to diversify their merchandise sales. Hear panelists discuss unique ideas, challenges and perspectives on the future of music merchandising. 

Speakers
avatar for Dustin Boyd

Dustin Boyd

214 Productions
A graduate of MTSU’s Music Business program, Dustin Boyd has spent his entire professional career working in and around the music industry. As a long time staff member for Planet Bluegrass, he oversees merchandise for the company’s three major festivals (Telluride Bluegrass, RockyGrass... Read More →
avatar for Michelle Conceison

Michelle Conceison

Market Monkeys
Michelle Conceison runs management and marketing company Market Monkeys, manages GRAMMY nominated and IBMA winning band Della Mae, English songwriter John Smith, and IBMA-nominated songwriter-artist Sarah Siskind (Song of the Year for Molly Tuttle's "Take The Journey"). Conceison... Read More →
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is an IBMA Award-winning songwriter and musician.  A frequent guest on A Prairie Home Companion, he was a featured singer on the 2016 Transatlantic Sessions, and at the Transatlantic Session's debut at Merlefest in 2017. The Gibson Brothers’ version of his song “Singing... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Filming Bluegrass: Best Practices for Bringing Bluegrass Music to the Screen
Panel discussion with Q & A


Speakers
avatar for Dan Boner

Dan Boner

East Tennessee State University
Dan Boner directs Bluegrass, Old-Time, and Country Music Studies at East Tennessee State University – the premier institution for bluegrass in higher education – and performs with the award-winning Becky Buller Band. He is a member of the IBMA Board of Directors representing Print... Read More →
avatar for H. Russell Farmer

H. Russell Farmer

Jubilee Productions
Russ worked in Public Broadcasting from 1973 -2003.  As a KET Producer/Director, Russ produced and directed hundreds of projects including: The Lonesome Pine Specials and Jubilee, nationally syndicated series. Awarded a CPB Gold Award, Emmy and the Kentucky Broadcaster Association’s... Read More →
avatar for Albert Ihde

Albert Ihde

Bluegrass Country Soul
Producer/Director, Bluegrass Country Soul, feature shot at Carlton Haney’s 1971 Labor Day Weekend Festival, in Camp Springs, NC.Director/Editor, The Sun Dagger, the 1982 PBS special, narrator Robert Redford, featuring Joseph Campbell. Director, five-part special, Reno’s Cabaret... Read More →
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin is the guitar player/vocalist for the "Sam Bush Band" and "Nedski and Mojo”. He is the owner/operator of Dark Shadow Recording where he produces and engineers demos, eps, and albums for independents and for the DSR Label. Mougin is a certified educator, teaching music... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Bluegrass Archives: Preserving the Past for the Future
Institutional archives to preserve the rich documentary history of bluegrass music and its related genres. What do these archives safeguard, and whom do they serve? How do they differ from music museums? In this panel the directors of three bluegrass-related archives discuss the methods, challenges, and importance of preserving archival materials. Discussion will introduce archives to artists, songwriters, and businesspeople, helping them to appreciate their role as stakeholders in preserving bluegrass history for future generations.

Speakers
avatar for Jocelyn Neal

Jocelyn Neal

University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
Jocelyn Neal is Professor of Music at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she directs the UNC Bluegrass Initiative and teaches courses in songwriting, country music, and bluegrass. She is the author of Country Music: A Cultural and Stylistic History (Oxford Univ... Read More →
avatar for Greg Reish

Greg Reish

MTSU Center for Popular Music
Greg Reish is Director of Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music. He holds the PhD in musicology from the University of Georgia. A scholar of bluegrass, old-time music, and various other traditional genres, Reish is the author of John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection... Read More →
avatar for Jeremy Smith

Jeremy Smith

ETSU Archives of Appalachia
Jeremy A. Smith is the Director of the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University. From 2011-2018 he worked as the Special Collections Librarian for the Oberlin Conservatory Library, and from 2008-2011 he was the jazz archivist at Duke University’s David M. Rubenstein... Read More →
avatar for Steve Weiss

Steve Weiss

UNC Southern Folklife Collection
Steve Weiss is Curator of the Southern Folklife Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, which includes the collections of Hazel Dickens, Dom Flemons, Alice Gerrard, Pete Kuykendall, and Mike Seeger among others. He is the producer of a series of archival releases... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 B 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Money & Music - Setting and Reaching Your Financial Goals!
Money – everyone uses it ... we all want more. Let me help you learn how to keep more of your money, plan for the future, and protect yourself financially. This session will highlight areas that can help artists improve their finances and achieve financial success now and for your future. We'll discuss topics from credit reports, scores and retirement planning. You say you'll never retire, that's ok ... Let's help you become financially independent!

Speakers
avatar for Andi Wrenn

Andi Wrenn

Accredited Financial Counselor
Andi Wrenn is an Accredited Financial Counselor® who combines her AFC ® certification with her Master’s in Marriage and Family Therapy to help people set and align financial goals with their values and priorities. She manages over 700 financial professionals that help Service... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Music Copyrights: The 2x6 Workshop
Mark A. Pearson is principal counsel at ARC Law Group, a law firm focused on advising Creative, Talented and Entrepreneurial clients in the areas of business, entertainment, sports and technology law.  Following his career as an award-winning television producer, Mark spent the past decade advising some of the hardest working acts in the music biz, including international touring artists Con Brio, Front Country and DJ Mark Farina, as well as many up and coming acts.

Speakers
avatar for Mark Pearson

Mark Pearson

ARC Law Group
Mark A. Pearson is principal counsel at ARC Law Group, a law firm focused on advising Creative, Talented and Entrepreneurial clients in the areas of business, entertainment, sports and technology law. Following his career as an award-winning television producer, Mark spent the past... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Trends and Opportunities in the Bluegrass Music Industry in Canada and in the United States
The Consulate General of Canada in partnership with The International Bluegrass Music Association and The World of Bluegrass proudly present a Panel discussion: Trends & Opportunities in the Bluegrass Music Industry in Canada and the United States.

Panelists are pleased to share their experience in the bluegrass industry. Don't miss it!

Speakers
avatar for Ryan Combs

Ryan Combs

Government of Canada
Ryan serves as the Government of Canada's Honorary Consul for the Triangle. Ryan Combs is also the executive director of RTRP, a position he assumed in February 2017 following his appointment by the organization’s board of directors. Ryan works closely with economic development... Read More →
avatar for Adrian Gross

Adrian Gross

The Slocan Ramblers
Adrian has been playing music all his life. As one of Canada’s most sought-after mandolin players, he has developed a reputation for his inventive playing and unique voice on the instrument, always with one eye to the tradition and one looking forward. As one quarter of The Slocan... Read More →
avatar for Nathaniel Hilts

Nathaniel Hilts

The Dead South
Nate is a guitar & mandolin playing singer of JUNO award winner The Dead South, a gold rush vibing four-piece acoustic bluegrass set from Saskatchewan, who infuse the genre’s traditional trappings with an air of frontier recklessness, whiskey breakfasts & grizzled tin-pan showmanship... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Hunter

Benjamin Hunter

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons
Ben is a violinist, storyteller, educator and community enterpriser. In 2011, Ben founded Community Arts Create and, in 2016, he co-founded Black & Tan Hall. His ultimate wish is to inspire in every underserved community in the nation showcasing the collective might  defying precarious... Read More →

Artists
avatar for Andrew Collins Trio

Andrew Collins Trio

sytesounds@gmail.com, Booking: Andrew Collins
5x JUNO (Canada’s Grammy equivalent) nominee and 7x Canadian Folk Music Award winning mando-maestro Andrew Collins and his fellow Trio stringmeisters just borrowed a page from basic carpentry, hitting the nail on the head with their new, double disc (1 all instrumentals, the other... Read More →
avatar for George Jackson

George Jackson

george.fiddle@gmail.com, Booking: Due South Touring Co.
At the heart of traditional music lies two important coordinates, the time and place of origin; objective definitions in the ever evolving aesthetics of folk music. These coordinates are the concepts explored with infinite new possibility by New Zealand born fiddler George Jackson... Read More →
avatar for Gina Furtado

Gina Furtado

ginapicks5@gmail.com, Booking: Gina Furtado
A Mountain Home Recording artist, Gina Furtado is becoming known for her innovative and unique musicianship and songwriting. Although based in traditional music modalities, Gina breaks free from the assumed constructs and makes a new musical statement that's influenced by emotion... Read More →

Sponsors

Wednesday September 25, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

4:10pm

How to Mic a Bluegrass Band
Several engineers experienced with producing live sound for bluegrass bands will work with the band Jeff Scroggins & Colorado to demonstrate a variety of live mic techniques. Everything from "line-up" (individual close mics for every source) to pure single-micing will be demonstrated. Advantages and disadvantages of each technique will be discussed, as well as tips and pointers from both sound engineers and experienced performers.

Speakers
avatar for Philip Graham

Philip Graham

Ear Trumpet Labs
Philip Graham is the founder and owner of Ear Trumpet Labs, a small microphone manufacturer in Portland, Oregon specializing in hand-building unique microphones for acoustic musicians. Philip loves working with musicians at all levels, from international pop stars and top touring... Read More →
avatar for Cliff Miller

Cliff Miller

SE Systems
Cliff Miller is the founder and CEO of SE Systems, a full service sound reinforcement business based in Greensboro, NC, that has grown into a nationally acclaimed production company. With decades of experience providing live sound to the bluegrass world, Cliff has mixed the Merlefest... Read More →
avatar for Ben Surratt

Ben Surratt

Recording and live engineer veteran and Grammy nominee, Ben Surratt, has received several IBMA awards for his work with some of the top bluegrass artists in the genre. He has toured on the road with Blue Highway, Alison Brown, Sierra Hull, Claire Lynch, The Lynn Morris Band, Missy... Read More →


Wednesday September 25, 2019 4:10pm - 5:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601
 
Thursday, September 26
 

9:00am

Bluegrass Museums - An Economic Development Tool
Rural areas face significant economic development challenges, particularly locations that are attempting to enhance the local tax base with new job providers.  Some of these are more successful than others.   When successfully planned and executed, they create direct economic improvements in local jobs, government revenue and civic pride that are measurable.  Bluegrass music is a compelling strategy when the project is developed appropriately.  This panel will discuss the challenges and benefits of bluegrass music museums.

Speakers
avatar for Johnny Baier

Johnny Baier

American Banjo Museum
After a successful career as a performer, banjoist Johnny Baier put a journalism degree, nonprofit experience and a lifetime study of banjo history to work as the Executive Director of the American Banjo Museum located in Oklahoma City.  Beginning in 2004, Baier oversaw the growth... Read More →
avatar for Chris Joslin

Chris Joslin

Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum
Chris Joslin is the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY and producer of ROMP Festival. A self-identified “banjo nerd”, Chris leads a world-class cultural center dedicated solely to the bluegrass genre and its global community. He works... Read More →
avatar for Mary Beth Martin

Mary Beth Martin

Earl Scruggs Center
As Executive Director of the Earl Scruggs Center, Mary Beth is dedicated to fulfilling the mission of the Center to engage visitors from the community and the world as a cultural destination, gathering place, and educational resource. She guides the vision and strategy and is responsible... Read More →
avatar for Leah Ross

Leah Ross

Birthplace of Country Music Museum
Leah Ross is the Executive Director of the Birthplace of Country Music. Over the past 18 years, Ross has played an integral role in the development and growth of Bristol establishing its identity as the birthplace of country music. As the Executive Director, Ross leads the team that... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 A 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

9:00am

Artist Development: Michael Cleveland
To develop an artist, it takes a team of people working on stage and behind the scenes to make everything work. In this panel, we take a deep dive into the team behind Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper. We will talk about each team member's role, and how they all work together to ensure the greatest chance of success!

Speakers
avatar for Chris Alderman

Chris Alderman

Deluge Music Management
Chris Alderman has worked with artists such as Dierks Bentley and Rascal Flatts, and has partnered with Deluge Music to form Deluge Music Management, providing music management services to Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Becky Buller, and more.
avatar for Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Michael Cleveland is heralded as one of the greatest fiddlers of his generation. He leads the award-winning band, Flamekeeper, and was recently the subject of a celebrated documentary by the same title. He is an 11-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year, and is one of the youngest inductees... Read More →
avatar for Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins

Daniel Mullins is a full-time radio broadcaster and IBMA award-winning journalist from southwestern Ohio. He is heard weekdays on Real Roots Radio, and has had work published in Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, The Bluegrass Situation, and Singing News Magazine. His multi-faceted... Read More →
avatar for Jim Roe

Jim Roe

Roe Entertainment
Jim Roe founded Roe Entertainment in 2005, a full-time booking agency specializing in contemporary and traditional bluegrass bands, Americana and singer songwriters. Their roster currently includes Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Carolina Blue... Read More →
avatar for Kimberly Williams

Kimberly Williams

East Public Relations
Kimberly Williams is the founder of East Public Relations, a full service publicity agency specializing in the bluegrass music industry. East Public Relations currently represents Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Carolina... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 9:00am - 9:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

10:00am

Town Hall Meeting
IBMA isn’t an office in Nashville – it’s all of us, more than 2600 people in countries around the world who are passionately involved in the business of bluegrass music. Don’t miss this opportunity to sit down and discuss the state and future of the bluegrass music industry with the IBMA Board of Directors and membership. The Town Hall Meeting has its own time slot on the WOB schedule Thursday morning so everyone has a chance to attend.

Thursday September 26, 2019 10:00am - 10:50am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 305AB 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

1:30pm

New Research on Bluegrass
This session features presentations of new research by three scholars who focus on bluegrass music, including 2019 Rosenberg Scholarship award winner Dr. Jordan Laney.  Presentations will touch on the transmission of the music and how it is shaped by industry awards, and a presentation on John Hartford's fiddle compositions and playing.

Speakers
avatar for Taylor Ackley

Taylor Ackley

Stony Brook University / Deep Roots Ensemble
Taylor is a performer/composer of classical, jazz and traditional American Music from Washington State. His music has been featured at festivals in the U.S., Denmark, and China. He is a member of global ensemble Common Sounds and founder and director of the Deep Roots Ensemble, a... Read More →
avatar for Lee Bidgood

Lee Bidgood

East Tennessee State University
Lee's research on Czech bluegrass has been supported by two Fulbright grants, and inspired documentary film Banjo Romantika (Lange, 2015) and book Czech Bluegrass: Notes From the Heart of Europe (Illinois, 2017). An early member of the Steep Canyon Rangers, he performs these days... Read More →
avatar for Jordan Laney

Jordan Laney

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Jordan Laney is Presidential Pathways Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at Virginia Tech in the Department of Religion and Culture. She holds a PhD in Social and Cultural Thought. Jordan’s current work addresses issues of gender within traditional Appalachian music, theories of space... Read More →
avatar for Greg Reish

Greg Reish

MTSU Center for Popular Music
Greg Reish is Director of Middle Tennessee State University’s Center for Popular Music. He holds the PhD in musicology from the University of Georgia. A scholar of bluegrass, old-time music, and various other traditional genres, Reish is the author of John Hartford’s Mammoth Collection... Read More →


Thursday September 26, 2019 1:30pm - 3:00pm
Raleigh Convention Center Room 306 C 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601