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IBMA Awards Handbook 2019 

Performance Awards

Five Momentum Awards acknowledge both the artistic talents of these musicians and their achievements in the music business. These awards are:

Momentum Band of the Year

This award recognizes performing bands that are new to bluegrass music and have shown, for the first time in their careers, outstanding musical and professional development during the eligibility period. Bands should be acknowledged for their success growing devout and energized regional fanbases, promoting and marketing their band, exhibiting strong performance skills, and/or demonstrating notable progress toward future recognition by national and worldwide bluegrass audiences. Any band that has reached the final ballot for any other IBMA Award, or in this Momentum category more than twice in previous years, will no longer be eligible for this award. Band members who have received IBMA Awards or nominations as individuals will not affect their band’s eligibility for Momentum Band of the Year.

Momentum Vocalist of the Year

This award recognizes a vocalist who has shown, for the first time in his or her career, outstanding musical and professional development during the eligibility period. Vocalists should be acknowledged for capturing the attention of regional bluegrass audiences, for their growing reputation among more established bluegrass artists and industry professionals, and their demonstrated progress toward future recognition by national and worldwide bluegrass audiences. Any vocalist who has reached the final ballot for IBMA Male or Female Vocalist of the Year, or in this Momentum category more than twice in previous years, will no longer be eligible for this award.

Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year

This award recognizes two instrumentalists who have shown, for the first time in their careers, outstanding musical and professional development during the eligibility period. These instrumentalists should be acknowledged for capturing the attention of regional bluegrass audiences, for their growing reputation among more established bluegrass artists and industry professionals, and their demonstrated progress toward future recognition by national and worldwide bluegrass audiences. Any instrumentalist who has reached the final ballot for IBMA Instrumental Performer of the Year, or in this Momentum category more than twice in previous
years, will no longer be eligible for this award.

Mentor of the Year

This award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of new bluegrass artists and industry professionals. Not limited to bluegrass professionals, candidates may include community musicians, private music teachers, band leaders, bluegrass youth organization coordinators, music producers, luthiers, and anyone who has shown dedication to up and coming bluegrass artists and industry professionals. Past and current IBMA Award nominees and recipients may be eligible for Mentor of the Year, unless they have already received this award in the past.

Momentum Industry Involvement Award

This award recognizes industry professionals that are new to bluegrass music and have shown, for the first time in their careers, outstanding contributions to their particular field during the eligibility period. Broadly defined, roles in industry involvement may include journalists, broadcasters (radio, TV, podcasts, internet/web, and other forms), historians/folklorists, photographers, graphic designers, luthiers, music producers, sound engineers, event promoters, publicists, agents, international organizers, association leaders, arts administrators, teachers/educators, and other innovators. Candidates are considered on the degree to which they have contributed to bluegrass music in general, or to a specific part of the industry, whether regionally, nationally, or worldwide. Any candidate who has reached the final ballot in any other IBMA Award category, or in a Momentum category more than twice in previous years, will no longer be eligible for this award.

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