European Bluegrass Music AssociationEarlier this month we brought you news of the European Booking Network Notice Board, one initiative that came from the European Bluegrass Summit that took place early in February at Buhl/Baden (Germany).

The summit considered in depth six topics, namely ‚Ķ‚Ķ

  1. Associations and their relationships
  2. Internet-based, inclusive networking (hub)
  3. The involvement of young people in bluegrass
  4. Lobbying, fund raising, and marketing on a continental scale
  5. The use and significance of the term ‘European World of Bluegrass’
  6. Continent-wide booking

Other aspects relating to bluegrass in Europe were set aside due to lack of time during the two-day event.

In concluding, the attendees provided a country-by-country review of the current European market for bluegrass and gave their individual impressions of what had been achieved

A full report, in the form of the minutes of the meeting, is now available online at the European Bluegrass Music Association website (opens as a PDF).

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.