Wintergrass & IBMA Free Workshop -“Presenting Bluegrass Music in The Schools”

IBMA/Wintergrass

Musicians and Bands Workshop

Presenting Bluegrass Programs in Schools”

Presented by Tom Kopp, PhD (Professor- Department of Teacher Education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio) and Nancy Cardwell, Special Projects Director, International Bluegrass Music Association.

Date/Time: Saturday, February 21, 2009

9:30 a.m. Registration

10:00 a.m. – noon

Location: Wintergrass (Tacoma, Washington). Exact location to be announced.

Fee: Free if attendee has Wintergrass weekend pass or Wintergrass Saturday pass.

Includes workshop registration, certificate of attendance, handouts and other materials. Those who register in advance with Nancy Cardwell at IBMA will also get a complimentary copy of the Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music educational DVD with lesson plans, CD from Rural Rhythm Records, and Bluegrass Unlimited magazine.

Attendees: Full-time and part-time musicians and bands interested in learning how to pitch and present bluegrass concerts, programs, and workshops in schools. Class size will be limited.

Description: A multi-session workshop designed to provide musicians and bands with tools and resources to pitch and present bluegrass programs in schools. Sessions will include IBMA tools available to musicians and bands, mini-grant information, tips from bluegrass artists who have been successful in doing school presentations, information on how to pitch bluegrass programs to schools, ideas for local funding, live demonstration of a program for students, and Q&A with a teacher who has brought in bands to perform at his school.

Benefits: Many professional bands have discovered that it can be very profitable to include school programs into the mix of their performance schedules.

    • Fees for performing or doing a program
    • Expand the artist’s fan base and increase the opportunity for future income
    • Sell more products
    • Get free publicity
    • Jumping board to do additional revenue producing work (e.g. private lessons, start a bluegrass club program, do workshops, do additional performances, consulting, music camps, etc.)

To register, contact Nancy Cardwell at the IBMA office at toll-free (888) 438-4262, (615) 256-3222 or email Nancy at nancyc@ibma.org.

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