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Thursday, October 2 • 2:00pm - 3:30pm
All Together Now: An Associations Focus
This session is for local, regional, and statewide bluegrass association folks and others interested in association issues. The format is unique: There will be 7 different stations with one or more experts at each one. Stop by the stations of your choice in small groups and discuss your concerns and issues informally with the experts, or just listen and learn. The stations will be:


1.  Finding and recruiting sponsors:  Denise Jarvinen (BBU) and Leah Ross (Bristol Rhythm and Roots) Note: Leah not yet committed.

2.  Starting and running a festival: Mike, Sr. and Yvonne Tatar, San Diego Bluegrass Society Board members and start up leaders for the successful Summergrass Festival.

3.  Recruiting and retaining volunteers: Dwight Worden, attorney, SDBS Board member, and prior IBMA Board member.

4.  Navigating ASCAP, BMI, SESAC—When do Associations have to pay? Betty Wheeler, attorney with expertise in the field.

5.  The business of associations: taxes, paying bands, raffles, filings, etc. Alan Tompkins, attorney, association member, and event producer—Alan has background and expertise in it all!

6.  Insurance and risk management for associations: Elizabeth and Phil Wightman, non-profit insurance experts, owners of Steelbridge Insurance Services.

7. IBMA resources for Association: Joe Lurgio, IBMA staff.



Denise Jarvinen

Associations, Boston Bluegrass Union

Leah Ross

Leah Ross is the Executive Director of Birthplace of Country Music® (BCM) and has over 20 years of experience putting events together. She has served as the Executive Director of the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival for eight years. She serves on the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Board, the executive board of The Crooked Road and serves on the Virginians for the Arts Board, and the Advisory Board for the Virginia Commission for... Read More →

Yvonne Tater

Yvonne has been Summergrass’ publicity/sponsorship chair since the festival’s beginning.  As a retired teacher, she continues to teach children of all ages about bluegrass music. A past journalist for Bluegrass Unlimited, she currently is Secretary and board member with Foundation for Bluegrass Music, along with being a bass player. In 2013, the California Bluegrass Association awarded Honorary Life Memberships to Yvonne and... Read More →

Elizabeth Wightman

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Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC