Any person may suggest a candidate for consideration by completing the online Industry Awards nomination form. Self-nominations are encouraged.
All submissions are reviewed by IBMA Executive-appointed Industry Awards Nominating Committees for each category. The leading candidates are recommended to the IBMA Panel of Electors, whose vote determines the award recipients. Category descriptions and awards eligibility and criteria can be found in the IBMA Awards Handbook.
Broadcaster of the Year – Michael Kear
Event of the Year – Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week, Elkins, WV
Graphic Designer of the Year – Michael Armistead
Liner Notes of the Year – Katy Daley (Live at the Cellar Door – The Seldom Scene)
Writer of the Year – Derek Halsey
Sound Engineer of the Year – Stephen Mougin
Songwriter of the Year – Milan Miller
IBMA Industry Awards are given annually to industry professionals who are dedicated to furthering bluegrass music and its artists. Songwriters, broadcasters, writers, graphic designers, event promoters, and sound engineers who have been active during the eligibility period are invited to apply. It is not required for nominees to be IBMA members.