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Wednesday, September 28 • 8:30am - 9:30am
Bluegrass Belongs to Us All: Creating an Inclusive Environment at Your Event, Gig, and in your Career

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As the Bluegrass community grows, increasingly reflecting the musics' deep and diverse roots, more fans and artists from various backgrounds and with different points of view are brought together. A diverse group of artists and industry professionals will share their own experiences, and lead an exploration of what we can all do to respectfully communicate with one another and create an inclusive environment wherever we find ourselves.

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Trisha Tubbs

Event Producer, Wintergrass
Trisha is the facilitator for IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass Program. In addition to her work with that program, she’s also co-produced the IBMA awards show and has been a member of many IBMA committees over the years. When she isn’t helping Bluegrass professionals, she has been Director of Soft Resources managing IT consulting projects. Her work has taken her all over the world working with a huge array of clients in various countries and... Read More →

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Phil Bankester

Phil Bankester spent his career working in the marketing and communications department of Southern Illinois University. Thirteen years ago his family (four daughters and wife) started playing bluegrass. He’s been touring and recording with them ever since. He is a video producer who has worked for Southern Illinois University, Pepsi Mid-America, Nissan North America and many other clients producing marketing and recruitment materials... Read More →
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Aengus Finnan

Executive Director of Folk Alliance since 2014, Finnan lends a lifetime of music and community organizing to a broad overview of many cultures and many people finding their way to each other through music. Born in Dublin, Ireland and raised in Ontario, Canada, Aengus has a long history of humanitarian and cultural work for which he was awarded the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal in 2003. He’s been an elementary school teacher, a... Read More →
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Justin Hiltner

Justin Hiltner is an openly gay banjo player and songwriter based in Nashville, TN. His high-energy, Scruggs-style picking is unique in its combination of traditional aesthetic and progressive, outside-the-box thinking. Having a dynamic, variable voice on the banjo has given him opportunities across genres, not simply in straight-ahead bluegrass or newgrass alone, but also in folk, country, singer/songwriter, and Celtic. He currently performs... Read More →
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Kaia Kater

martha@quicksilverproductions.net, Booking: Martha Stracener Dantzic
Kaia Kater is lauded for being one of the youngest performers in the roots scene, and at 22 years old, there’s not much arguing her progeny. But what’s special is that she’s blowing up the roots music scene in spite of her age, not because of it. Her old-time banjo-picking skills, deft arrangements, and songwriting abilities have landed her in the national spotlight on both Canadian and American soil. | | Kaia’s individualized... Read More →
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Kimber Ludiker

Born of fiddle playing parents in Spokane, WA, Kimber Ludiker is a 5th generation fiddle player who finally picked one up at the age of 3. With 11 combined family National Fiddle Championships, Kimber holds 3 herself. She is a multi-instrumentalist, picking up the cello, mandolin, and guitar at an early age as well. In 2009, Kimber founded all-female bluegrass/Americana super group "Della Mae". They were IBMA's Emerging Artists of the Year in... Read More →
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Sav Sankaran

Professional upright bassist/vocalist, fly fisherman, itinerant intellectual, Indian-American, Sav Sankaran studied at Gettysburg College and Penn State. Asheville, NC. He toured both domestically and internationally from 2009 to 2012 with renowned bluegrass/Americana outfit The Dixie Bee-Liners, 2008 RMA's Bluegrass Artist of the Year. Sav has also played with groups such as Blue Moon Rising, The Last Complete Show, Sweetwater, Stumpwater, The... Read More →

Wednesday September 28, 2016 8:30am - 9:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Room 304 500 S Salisbury St, Raleigh, NC 27601

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