IBMA Momentum Awards are given annually by the International Bluegrass Music Association to artists and industry professionals who are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music. Bands, instrumentalists, vocalists, and industry professionals who are new to bluegrass and have been active during the eligibility period are invited to apply. An award is also presented to a mentor for his/her/their positive influence on new artists and industry professionals. It is not required for nominees to be IBMA members.
Any person may suggest an artist or industry leader for consideration by completing the IBMA Momentum Awards nomination form during the submission period.
It is, however, encouraged that candidates nominate themselves, unless the individuals nominating on their behalf have the required information and materials.