2021 BOARD ELECTIONS
Are you passionate about bluegrass? Do you have a vision for the bluegrass community? Do you like collaborating? The Central Texas Bluegrass Association is putting a call out for CTBA members to serve on the CTBA Board from 2022-2024.
Ballots will be going out on October 1st, and we're hoping to have our lineup of candidates in place by September 15th or so. If you're interested in getting involved or learning more, please shoot us a line at CTBA@CentralTexasBluegrass.org.
And - by the way - now is a great time to check your membership status! All members of the CTBA in good standing will be able to vote in the election, swing on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Login and make sure your membership is active. Any questions, shoot us a line at CTBA@CentralTexasBluegrass.org.
The CTBA is excited to announce our 2021 Willa Beach-Porter Scholarship recipients!
Izaak Mora, age 15, banjo
Round Rock, TX
Chris Cheek, age 20, guitar
Martina Stecklein, age 15, mandolin
Sugar Land, TX
Congratulations to all of the recipients!!!
In lieu of bluegrass camps, recipients will be participating in a year-long program studying with master musicians through Artistworks. This year's recipients will be working with Noam Pikelny (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar) and Sierra Hull (Mandolin). We are incredibly grateful to ArtistWorks, they have been an invaluable partner in keeping our scholarship program viable the past two years.
For more information about how you can study with the masters, visit ArtistWorks.com.
LETTER FROM THE PRESIDENT
Central Texas Bluegrass Community,
On August 31st, 2021, I resigned from the CTBA Board after three years as I transition into a full-time role supporting our unhoused neighbors.
Serving on the board has been nothing short of an incredible learning experience with so many challenges but mostly an emboldened sense of gratitude, grass, and community.
I want to express my sincere gratitude to the CTBA Board and all of our members who have given so much time and energy to keep CTBA afloat even amidst a global pandemic, severe winter storm, and everything in between.
At the September Board meeting, the CTBA Board elected CTBA Vice-Preisdent Chris Jones to finish my term, through the end of 2021. Best of luck and many thanks, Chris!
Take care of each other, and happy pickin’ y’all!
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2021 CTBA WILLA BEACH-PORTER SCHOLARSHIP
The CTBA is excited to again partner with AristWorks for our 2021 Willa Beach-Porter Scholarship. As there are still very few Bluegrass camps available this year, the CTBA is offering year-long subscriptions to the course of the recipient's choice among the many fine ArtistWorks teachers. Scholarships are available to Texas residents aged 12 and over who would otherwise not be able to afford the lessons.
Applications are due July 15th, so head on over to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Scholarship and apply today!
RETURN OF THE CTBA SUNDAY JAM SESSION
And the CTBA is thrilled - THRILLED! - to announce that Bluegrass is back at Oskar Blues and the CTBA jam will be starting again on Sunday, June 27th, from 3-5PM.
Oskar Blues has been wonderful partner of the CTBA since 2018, and we are thrilled to be hosting our Sunday jam there again. In addition, there will some live bluegrass on their deck the weekend before. CTBA member-band The Greenlawn Rangers will be performing on Saturday, June 19th. And Central Texas Bluegrass luminary Mr. Eddie Collins will be performing for a special Father's Day celebration the following day, Sunday, June 20th. More information on the Oskar Blues website or Facebook page.
Please note Oskar Blues is adhering to CDC guidelines and strongly recommends masks for anyone who is not vaccinated.
CTBA JAM & EVENT CALENDARS
And a quick head's up that the CTBA Jam & Event calendars are back up! We're doing our best to keep them up-to-date with all the Bluegrass in Central Texas, if you have an event to list please email us at Events@CentralTexasBluegrass.com or (if you are a member) feel free to use the event submission form at CentralTexasBluegrass.com.
CTBA 2020 END-OF-YEAR SURVEY
Sunday night, the CTBA Board convened via Zoom for our first meeting of 2021. We had some time to reflect on the many lessons learned adapting to a virtual world and what that will look like for the year ahead. It is truly inspiring to be surrounded by such a talented group of Bluegrass lovers from all walks of life. This year, you can expect a quarterly newsletter, virtual performances by member bands, competitions, and more ways of staying connected.
While we get started planning, it would be greatly appreciated if you took a couple minutes to fill out our end-of-year survey. While we can’t physically engage in the many counties of central Texas, it is important we have any and all feedback so we know how we can best serve our community in the coming year.
The survey is available here or at http://tinyurl.com/2020-ctba-survey.
As always, we are grateful for your continued support. Looking forward to a very grassy 2021!
Happy pickin’ y’all.
IBMA GRANTS AND SCHOLARSHIPS
And with the dawning of 2021 it's a great time to swing on over and check out the grants and scholarships available this year from the IBMA Foundation.
There are scholarships for student songwriters and collegiate-level musicians studying bluegrass, as well as bluegrass-related project and scholarship grants available. The most pressing deadline is for the IBMA Foundation's Arnold Shultz Fund Grant, which "[supports] activities that increase participation in bluegrass music by people of color." Applications are due January 31st, best get on it!
And don't forget the CTBA Scholarship program, available to Texas residents aged 12-21. More information is available at CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Scholarship.
CTBA ANNUAL MEETING 2020
The CTBA Annual Meeting for 2020 is THIS SUNDAY, November 15th!
The meeting will be held at Nomadic Beerworks (3804 Woodbury Dr, Austin 78704) from 5-7PM.
If you are interested in coming, please note there will be very limited in-person attendance. Please plan on wearing a mask and social distancing. And as there will be limited seating available, please consider bringing your own chairs, blankets, etc.
If you can't make it in-person, no worries! Just tune into the livestream on the CTBA Facebook and YouTube pages!
Here's the lineup:
5:00 Opening remarks
5:10 Performance by Celebrindal Roberts
5:40 ArtistWorks scholarship drawing
5:45 Performance by UT's Burnt Orange Bluegrass
6:15 Board election results
6:30 Performance by the Greenlawn Rangers
More information is available on our Facebook event page.
NEW CTBA MERCH!
And - hey! - just in time for the Annual Meeting, we have brand-new CTBA bandanas! Mask up the CTBA way, or go for that CTBA-inspired Springsteen sorta look... Available now at the CTBA store!
A reminder that we are holding a drawing for a one-year scholarship to ArtistWorks! If you would like to enter the drawing, please enter your name and email address at http://tinyurl.com/ctba-scholarship. If you are not a member of the CTBA, we would kindly request you consider joining or making a $5 donation.
2021-2022 BOARD ELECTIONS
There is still time to vote in the 2021-2022 CTBA Board Elections! Ballots may be cast online or in-person until 6PM on Sunday, November 15th. If you haven't received your ballot or have any questions whatsoever, please give us a holler over at email@example.com.
And, of course, anyone joining or renewing their CTBA membership before November 15th will be able to vote as well.
If you are now or have ever been a member of the CTBA, you have an account at CentralTexasBluegrass.org that you can access at CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Login.
If you are unsure of your membership status, here is how to check:
Navigate to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Login
Enter your email address
Click “Recover Password”
You will receive an email with a link to the page where you can create a password for your account
After creating your password, you can log in and access your account
It is important to check your membership status. While we have made dramatic improvements to our membership management over the past year, there is still a chance your membership may have lapsed without your knowledge. And, if you prefer, you are of course welcome to submit a printed application and any payments by cash or check.
If you are not a member of the CTBA, please consider joining! You can read all about the benefits and privileges of membership at CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Join.
The CTBA is a membership organization; we are only as successful as our membership is strong. Your modest membership fees go a long way to promoting and supporting Bluegrass in Central Texas, be it through performances, scholarships, or our website and social media support. Please consider renewing or joining today.
Again, if you have any questions whatsoever, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org, we’ll be happy to help you sort it all out.
The CTBA Annual Meeting for 2020 will be held, entirely outdoors, at Nomadic Beerworks (3804 Woodbury Dr, Austin 78704), on November 15th, from 5-7PM. The event will be livestreamed on the CTBA Facebook and YouTube pages - please tune in!!! If you are interested in attending in-person, please note there will be very limited in-person attendance. Please plan on wearing a mask and social distancing. And as there will be limited seating available, please consider bringing your own chairs, blankets, etc. More information is available on our Facebook event.
At our annual meeting, the CTBA will be holding a drawing for a one-year scholarship to ArtistWorks!!! If you would like to enter the drawing, please enter your name and email address at http://tinyurl.com/ctba-scholarship. If you are not a member of the CTBA, we would kindly request you consider joining or making a $5 donation.
- Navigate to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Login
- Enter your email address
- Click “Recover Password”
- You will receive an email with a link to the page where you can create a password for your account
- After creating your password, you can log in and access your account
CTBA ANNUAL MEETING 2020 - SAVE THE DATE!
The 2020 CTBA Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15th, at Nomadic Beer Works (3804 Woodbury Dr, Austin, TX 78704). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be limited in-person attendance (masked, socially-distanced, etc...) and livestreaming video on the CTBA social media platforms. Details to come, but please do mark your calendars!
2021-2022 BOARD ELECTIONS - JOIN OR RENEW TODAY!
Which means it is time to elect our Board of Directors for 2021-2022! There are five seats up for grabs, and six candidates. Which is to say: NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. Ballots go out on Thursday, October 15th, giving us one month to collect and count ballots. While anyone joining before the cutoff of 6PM on Sunday, November 15th, will be able to cast a ballot, we are strongly encouraging you to get your membership in order before October 15th! The election winners will be announced after the 6PM cutoff at our Annual Meeting.
1.Navigate to CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Login
2. Enter your email address
3. Click “Recover Password”
4. You will receive an email with a link to the page where you can create a password for your account
5. After creating your password, you can log in and access your account
If you have any questions whatsoever, please contact us at email@example.com, we’ll be happy to help you sort it all out.
Congratulations to our CTBA Summer Sounds 2020 winners!
Solo Instrumental: "New Camptown Races" by Shawn Spiars
Group Instrumental: "After Me" by Bobby Giles & Texas Gales
Youth: "Blackberry Blossom" by Jackson Wreden
The winning videos are posted at CentralTexasBluegrass.org as well as on our YouTube "Summer Sounds 2020 Winners" playlist.
Thanks so much to everyone who made a video and participated in the competition, it was so fantastic and such fun. Let's do it again soon!
The dog days of summer are here but that isn’t going to stop this community from doing what we do best, keepin’ Texas grassy!
CTBA board elections are right around the corner. We are currently seeking passionate bluegrass fans and musicians to serve the community for the next two years as CTBA Board members. Our Board meetings occur once a month with the possibility of a few additional hours depending on what next year looks like.
We are also seeking non-board members to serve on our Election Committee. If you are interested in running for a Board position or serving on the Elections Committee, please send an email to President@CentralTexasBluegrass.org by September 15th.
Again, we would like to take the time to thank and congratulate all of our CTBA Summer Sounds 2020 entrants and winners. And stay tuned: next month we will have a CTBA swag pack giveaway, so make sure to follow the CTBA on our Facebook page for more details! In the meantime, show your Texas bluegrass pride with a CTBA t-shirt, hat, or sticker available at CentralTexasBluegrass.org/Store.
On behalf of the 2020 CTBA Board we are grateful for your continued support.
Happy pickin’ y’all!
Libby Brennan, CTBA President
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