I’ve been fortunate to be on the IBMA Songwriter Committee for the last few years. It’s been a very rewarding experience for me personally, as we have accomplished a great deal to the benefit of our songwriter constituency. One of the most noteworthy was establishing an IBMA Songwriter Of The Year Award which is presented each year at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass. We also created the Songwriter Mentor Program. This is an opportunity for songwriters to be mentored by some of the most seasoned and accomplished songwriters in the Bluegrass genre.
The IBMA Songwriter Committee, over time, has significantly increased its presence at the IBMA World Of Bluegrass. At this year’s WOB we have nine Songwriter-Centric seminars/ events that will benefit songwriters, a breakdown as follows:
Creating Well With Others
Turning Writers Block Into A Steppingstone
Musical Theatre For Bluegrass Songwriters
Song Critique Session
Getting Cuts And Getting Paid