- The Wintergrass staff is working on putting together the schedule for
the workshops and hope to have them done very soon. Watch the site and
the Wintergrass Blog at http://wintergrass.wordpress.com for the
Here is the info on one of them that should interest bands and band
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
Fee: Free if attendee has Wintergrass weekend pass or Wintergrass
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
o Fees for performing or doing a program
o Expand the artist's fan base and increase the opportunity
for future income
o Sell more products
o Get free publicity
o 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@....
Eric in Everett
- The workshop schedule is up on the site. Pretty diverse lineup as usual. Even some cajun cooking this year.Workshops with Sam Bush,Darrell Scott,Cliff Perry & Laurel Bliss,Greg Maas,Roger Ferguson, Richard Starkey of Martin Guitars,Orville Johnson,Michael Doucet,Darol Anger, Scott Law, Darren Beachley, Barry Scott, Wayne Henderson are just a few of the speakers. Workshops are all included in the ticket price. There are also Wintergrass Intensives available at a separate cost.
Eric In Everett