Wednesday, 12 November 2008

European Bluegrass Summit in Bühl, 7-8 February 2009

For the attention of those involved in European Bluegrass Music:

A successful two-day International Bluegrass Summit took place in Nashville as part of the 2008 IBMA World of Bluegrass. This meeting was `facilitated’ by a professional mediator whose method of running the meeting guaranteed constructive discussion and outcomes. A summary of issues raised from this discussion can be seen here.

One very positive outcome was the formation of a new European Summit Steering Committee as a sub-committee of the IBMA International Committee. This Steering Committee includes IBMA International Committee chair Richard Hawkins, IBMA International Board representative Rienk Janssen, British Bluegrass Music Association chair John Wirtz, and Scottish Bluegrass Association secretary John Sheldon.

Following up on this success, bluegrass associations, event organisers, promoters, and activists within the European bluegrass community are now invited to take part in a two-day EUROPEAN BLUEGRASS SUMMIT. This summit meeting will use the same professional mediator and methods of ‘facilitation’ as used in Nashville, and is supported by the IBMA.

Aims of the EUROPEAN BLUEGRASS SUMMIT 2009 are summarised as follows:

* To provide an opportunity for a wide audience of up to forty participants to meet face to face, bond, and get to know each other,

* To highlight some of the issues affecting the promotion of bluegrass music in Europe,

* To explore the issues facing different countries and different cultures in Europe,

* To motivate people to work together more closely and to communicate more effectively.

The European Bluegrass Summit will be held on the 7th and 8th of February 2009 in the town of Bühl/Baden, southern Germany. Full details of the Summit meeting location, the Summit schedule, and a list of hotels, are set out here. The application form for the European Bluegrass Summit is shown below.

The costs and arrangements for travel, subsistence, and accommodation are the entire responsibility of the participants.

We look forward to your participation and we would be pleased if you would circulate this invitation to other person you think should be invited.

Yours sincerely,

Rienk Janssen, Richard Hawkins, John Wirtz, John Sheldon
IBMA European Summit Steering Committee

Applications for a place on the European Bluegrass Summit 2009 are invited from all interested parties.

To apply
, please send in the following information by e-mail no later than 10 December 2008. Your place on the Summit will be confirmed to you by 12 December 2008.

Full name:


Postal address:

e-mail address:

Landline telephone including country code:

What is your intended mode of transport?

Do you represent a National Bluegrass Association – if so, which country?

Do you need help with translation during discussions?

What is your involvement and activity in bluegrass music?