The Momentum Awards selection process differs from other IBMA awards because the Momentums shine a spotlight on professionals in the early stages of their careers who are not as well known. The process is implemented by two committees appointed by the chair of the IBMA Board. Committee members are chosen for their strong roots in the bluegrass industry and their current knowledge of bluegrass professionals in the early years of their careers.
The Momentum Award Nominating Committee compiles a list of candidates, soliciting submissions from IBMA members and the bluegrass community. They confirm that all candidates put forth to the Selection Committee are eligible for a Momentum Award, and they identify the five strongest candidates in each category.
The Momentum Award Selection Committee makes final selection of the award recipients in each category.