The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced that Taylor Coughlin will come onboard as Publications/Special Projects Director next week. This is the position previously held by Nancy Cardwell prior to her accepting the job of Executive Director in 2012. Caroline Wright had been handling many of these duties for IBMA on a temporary, long-distance basis from her home in Hawaii.
Coughlin will join the staff, working in the new IBMA office, starting March 7. She will take charge of managing content and directing development of the IBMA’s BluegrassNation web site, editing their IB newsletter, managing professional development webinars, scheduling and organizing seminars for World of Bluegrass, and serving as staff liaison with various IBMA committees.
Prior to this, Taylor had worked as a content creator and producer for entertainment sites Metromix and The Examiner.
Cardwell says that she and the rest of the staff are eager to see Coughlin get started, and not just because Nancy has been doing this job on top of her regular Director duties since the start of 2013.
“We’re thrilled to welcome Taylor to the IBMA team. In addition to her talents as a journalist and a bluegrass background, she has the IT and project management skills we needed. We’re looking forward to bringing a fresh voice to IBMA communications, as well as collaborating with another new staff person who will challenge us creatively and bring some new expertise to the table.”
Nashville-area members will get to meet Taylor during an Open House at the new headquarters on Wednesday, March 6 from 4:00-7:00 p.m. (CST).