• First Quality Music as a business study

    First Quality Music was profiled in yesterday's Small Business section of the New York Times online edition. But it wasn't really the sort of story that every businessman wants to see splashed across the pages (screens?) of such a major publication.

  • Steve Martin gets rich off bluegrass

    Master funny man, and respected banjoist Steve Martin is getting rich off bluegrass music. If his film career has not provided for him, then surely his music career will. Specifically in view here is the obscene amount of money Martin

  • New Cuts of Bluegrass launches in January

    We reported earlier this year on the demise of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass, the bluegrass radio service operated since 1992 by Kirk and Becky Brandenberger. Their last sampler CD was mailed in July. Fortunately, a new service has arisen in their

  • Roger Everett passes

    Most any band performing along the US east coast has made a stop in Suwannee, GA at Everett's Music Barn. They have hosted live bluegrass music for nearly 40 years in north central Georgia. The venue has been managed by

  • Professional development webinar series from IBMA

    The International Bluegrass Music Association has scheduled a pair of online cyber-conferences designed to assist members with continued professional development. They are geared towards industry pros (artists, agents, promoters, etc) but is not limited to IBMA members. The first, Creating Strategic

  • Another one bites the dust

    The European Bluegrass Blog is reporting that Dutch bluegrass magazine Strictly County will cease publication in February 2011 after 40 years in print. The magazine has been shepherded this past four decades by Rienk Janssen, who will retire after issue

  • The business of songwriting

    This post is a contribution from Tom Bibey, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. You can see his profile here. I attended an IBMA songwriter business conference Tuesday morning. David Crow, a Nashville attorney who specializes in entertainment law, Nashville songwriter

  • Pinecastle Records new owner, Lonnie Lassiter

    Pinecastle Records has posted an interview with the company's new owner, Lonnie Lassiter, a physician and entrepreneur in Columbus, NC. Lassiter took ownership of the company in August, six months after the family of Pinecastle founder Tom Riggs closed the doors,

  • County Sales profiled in Roanoke Times

    My very own hometown newspaper, The Roanoke Times, published a very nice feature on the venerable County Sales in their Sunday (8/29) edition. It was written by Tad Dickens, music reporter for the paper. As a young student of bluegrass banjo

  • Inaugural Artist Management Conference in October

    The first annual Artist Management Conference has been scheduled for October 14-15, 2010 in New York City (venue TBA). The conference is billed as an opportunity for artist managers and self-managed artists to meet for networking, education, strategizing and business