The International Bluegrass Music Association in Nashville has announced that four new members of their Board of Directors have been elected by their member constituencies, and one other re-elected.
The Board consists of 19 voting members, and two ex-officio members. They are responsible for overseeing the management of the organization, and their full time staff of five people. 12 members are elected by specific constituencies, and 2 are elected by the full membership at large. The other 7 are appointed by the Board. According to the IBMA By-Laws, the 2 ex-officio members are the Executive Director of the IBMA and the Executive Director of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum.
Claire Armbruster was re-elected to her position on the Board representing Event Production, and the following were newly elected:
- Kyle Cantrell – At Large
- Michelle Conceison – Agents, Managers, and Publicists
- Adam Engelhardt – Recording, Distribution, and Marketing
- Joe Newberry – Artists, Composers, and Publishers
All are longstanding members of the bluegrass music industry. Armbruster manages her own event management firm, Planning Stages; Cantrell is the host of Bluegrass Junction on SiriusXM; Conceison is an Associate Professor of Music Business at Middle Tennessee State University and artist manager for Della Mae and Sarah Siskind; Engelhardt is a successful engineer and producer and owner of Engelhardt Music Group; and Newberry is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and songwriter who performs in a variety of settings in bluegrass.
All save Newberry, who lives in Raleigh, NC, currently reside in Nashville.
They will be seated on the Board following their June 10-11 meeting in Nashville. That meeting will also seat 3 At Large members selected by the Board, and choose members of the IBMA Executive Committee.
Board members are elected to a 3-year term, and may be re-elected one time.
More information about IBMA, the trade association for the bluegrass industry, can be found online.