Professional Development Workshop for Musicians will serve 24 musicians from Southwest Virginia*, ages 16 and older, who are in the beginning to intermediate stages of their careers. Participants will gain a heightened awareness of importance of professionalism in self-representation and develop skills that will benefit their work as musicians. The workshop was conceived by TCR’s Education Committee in response to a specific need in our community: the need to improve the quality of artist bios, web presence, stage presence, and communication skills for artists who are representing themselves and who are interested in having a career in the music industry. Workshop topics include: Becoming a Professional Musician, Being Your Own Booking Agent, Writing an Effective Bio, Captivating an Audience, and Internet Marketing. Presenters will include: Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band); Richard Rose (Barter Theatre); Josh Trivette (Moonstruck Management); Katie Hoffman (Appalworks); and Kris Truelsen (Bill and the Belles).

To apply for the workshops, applicants must submit an essay of 200 words or less outlining their personal experience and telling why they would like to participate. Applicants should include workshop title and their name; age; school (if applicable); mailing address; email address; and telephone number at the top of each essay. Essays should be sent by email to, or by  U.S. Postal Service to The Crooked Road, One Heartwood Circle, Abingdon, VA 24210. Essays for Professional Development Workshop for Musicians must be received by 5:00 pm on Wednesday, February 20th

Applications will be reviewed by members of TCR’s Education Committee and participants will be selected based on merit, experience, and enthusiasm. Applicants will be notified within one week of the application deadline.

These workshops are supported by grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission and the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Foundation.

* Southwest Virginia includes the counties (and associated towns) of Bland, Buchanan, Carroll, Dickenson, Floyd, Franklin, Giles, Grayson, Lee, Montgomery, Patrick, Pulaski, Russell, Scott, Smyth, Tazewell, Washington, Wise and Wythe; and the Cities of Bristol, Galax, Norton and Radford.


Directions to this Event

Exit 14 from I-81