2023 IBMA Industry Award Nominees

Broadcaster of the Year – Barb Heller, Brad Kolodner, Michelle Lee, Ned Luberecki, Peter Thompson

Event of the Year – Blue Highway Fest (Big Stone Gap, Virginia), Bluegrass in La Roche (La Roche-sur-Foron, France), Doc at 100 (Various locations), Durango Bluegrass Meltdown (Durango, Colorado), Pickin’ in the Pines (Flagstaff, Arizona)

Graphic Designer of the Year – Eric Barie, Gina Dilg, Grace van’t Hof, Pharis & Jason Romero, Tim Kapustka

Liner Notes of the Year – Birthright: A Black Roots Music Compendium (Written by Ted Olson), Dom Flemons – Traveling Wildfire (Written by Dom Flemons), Jake Blount – The New Faith (Written by Jake Blount), Pharis & Jason Romero – Tell ‘em You Were Gold (Written by Pharis & Jason Romero), Sam Bush – Radio John: The Songs of John Hartford (Written by Sam Bush and Jon Weisberger)

Writer of the Year – Chris Jones, Craig Havighurst, Garret K. Woodward, Gary Reid, Stacy Chandler

Sound Engineer of the Year – Aubrey Shamel, Brad Benge, Dewey Boyd, Key Chang, Steve Chandler

Songwriter of the Year – Becky Buller, Jon Weisberger, Rick Faris, Thomm Jutz, Tim Stafford


Categories, Eligibility, and Selection Process

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.

  • Broadcaster of the Year
  • Event/Venue of the Year
  • Graphic Designer of the Year
  • Liner Notes of the Year
  • Writer of the Year
  • Sound Engineer of the Year
  • Songwriter of the Year


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.


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