The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced that Joe Lurgio will take on the responsibilities of Member Services & Convention Services Director on June 6. Joe is making the move to Nashville from his home in Boston to assume this new role.
Outgoing Director Jill Crabtree will remain on staff through the month of June to ease the transition and bring Lurgio up to speed prior to him tackling his first World of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, NC this September.
Joe’s training was in Environmental Science, but his recent experience has been in engineering project management. But the opportunity to work within the bluegrass industry was an offer he couldn’t refuse. He might even find himself with more free time in Nashville, as many of his evenings and weekends have been dedicated for years to promoting and playing bluegrass.
Bluegrass Today readers will recognize him for his time as mandolinist for Three Tall Pines. Lurgio has been involved in bluegrass since his youth, taking up the mandolin at age 14, and an active member of the Boston music scene since moving there in 2004.
IBMA’s Executive Director, Nancy Cardwell, tells us that they have also hired a part-time bookkeeper, Jacqueline Weiss, who comes in for a few hours each week, taking charge of another task previously handled by Crabtree.
This now gives Cardwell her own staff, hired since she took over from her predecessor as ED, Dan Hays, during the summer of 2012.