Roger Brown, President of the Berklee College of Music, has agreed to deliver the Keynote address at the 2008 Business Conference during the IBMA World Of Bluegrass event this fall. He will speak towards the end of the first day of the Business Conference, which runs from September 29 through October 4 in Nashville.
Brown’s career had spanned the worlds of music, business, non-profits and philanthropy before taking over as president of the Boston-based music school in 2004. He will surely have much wisdom to share with the IBMA attendees, all of whom share Brown’s love of bluegrass music.
Berklee has recently started accepting students who have banjo and mandolin as their primary instruments and allowing them to pursue their degrees focusing on the bluegrass instruments. Even prior to that time, a good number of currently successful acoustic music artists have begun their careers studying at Berklee, including Chris Pandolfi and Andy Hall of The Infamous Stringdusters, and fiddlers Casey Driessen and Nate Leath among many others.