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Thursday, October 2 • 9:15am - 10:45am
It's a Man's World: Businesswomen in Bluegrass
Professional women in the music industry have faced many challenges in the male-dominated music industry despite obstacles of gender prejudice.  Louise Certain Scruggs was a pioneer in the field of music business, serving as a role model to many women who started working in this field in the 60s and 70s. In today’s world, do women still face the same challenges that they did 20, 30, or even 40 years ago? What are the challenges today that women are facing? Join some today’s most influential leaders in bluegrass and Americana music to learn how they have hurdled these obstacles and succeeded in this field. 


Cindy Baucom

Show Host/Affiliate Manager, Knee-Deep In Bluegrass
Over the past three decades, Cindy Baucom has worked in the male dominated areas of Broadcasting, Producing and Promoting, utilizing a variety of skills for the advancement of Bluegrass Music. She has been on the IBMA Board of Directors for the past six years and currently serve as Vice-Chair. Advancement in her career did not come easily, but hard work and persistent goal setting has paid off. She looks forward to sharing some of her... Read More →

Trish Galfano

Trish Galfano started her professional journey working in political campaigns and fundraising throughout the US for candidates and organizations such as the Wildlife Federation for much of the 1980’s. While working in management for an architectural firm in the 1990’s Trish founded a concert series in Chapel Hill, NC. The series grew to book national and international artists, one of whom suggested she become a booking agent, and in... Read More →

Marian Leighton Levy

Marian Leighton Levy is a Rounder (Records) founder, with Ken Irwin and Bill Nowlin. | There were very few women involved in the business of music back in 1970, when Rounder | was born, and women in bluegrass has always been a strong interest to which she has been | committed ever since. Involved primarily in A&R and publicity/promotion, she has a great love | of the written and spoken word, which she has tried to bring to her work in... Read More →

Molly Nagel

Molly Nagel has worked with artists, labels, startups and events in the music industry for 15 years since her start in the mail room at Sugar Hill Records. She's passionate about simple-but-elegant solutions to all the challenges that a career in music presents. Her project management and consulting business is called Little Engine. 

Bev Paul

I knew early in my teens that I loved music; I also learned that I had no innate talent for performing so I set about looking for a way to be involved behind the scenes. That search led me to a wonderful career in the music business starting with volunteering for a coffee house and ending up as the general manager of Sugar Hill Records. In between I held jobs in radio, record retailing, was privileged to serve two terms on the IBMA Board of... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC