Through opportunity and resources, we support and encourage women bluegrassers of all levels, promoting the advancement of the individual musician within an inspired and connected community.


The Handsome Ladies is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed in 2012 to promote and support women bluegrass players of all levels. With over four hundred members across the country, we host monthly Ladies' jams in the San Francisco Bay Area, Boston, Portland, Nashville, Chicago, Raleigh and Seattle, participate at bluegrass festivals, and hold educational workshops and events. We are committed to providing opportunities for the advancement of female musicians within the bluegrass community, while helping to preserve the traditions and culture of bluegrass and American roots music.


The Handsome Holler Newsletter

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She described the Handsome Ladies jam as one of her favorites in a long time, in large part because of its spirit of inclusion and encouragement.
— Stacy Chandler
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Building on talk among members of the International Bluegrass Music Association about the need for a stronger spirit of inclusivity, the IBMA announced this week that it’s partnering with nonprofits Bluegrass Pride and The Handsome Ladies.
— Stacy Chandler, No Depression
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Stephens’ appearance at Sertoma was sponsored by the Sunshine State Bluegrass Association with the support of Evans Media Source and Handsome Ladies, a nonprofit group to support and promote women in bluegrass music.
— Ted Lehmann, Bluegrass Rambles
With chapters in the San Francisco Bay Area, Nashville, Portland, and Seattle, the Handsome Ladies are growing quickly, expanding their programs to better serve each community.
— Kelly Kessler, Communications & Professional Development Director IBMA
Originally bred in San Francisco, the non-profit aims to support and encourage women in bluegrass, via jams and workshops and online groups connecting passionate players and fans.
— Nicole Keiper, The East Nashvillian
It’s just common sense. If you want more of something, like women in bluegrass, you’ve got to raise them up. And The Handsome Ladies are doing just that.
— John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
As more and more women get bitten by the bluegrass bug, we are seeing groups pop up around the country to assist them in learning to play the music.
— John Lawless, Bluegrass Today
There is an organization called The Handsome Ladies, which was created by women to support and promote other women in bluegrass. I’m excited to become involved in their efforts.
— AJ Lee, IBMA Momentum Award Nominee, Inspirer Interview