2016 IBMA Momentum Awards announcement

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
 
IBMA ANNOUNCES MOMENTUM AWARDS FINALISTS
PERFORMANCE AND INDUSTRY AWARDS HONOR UP AND COMERS
 
 
NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (August 30, 2016) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the finalists for the Momentum Awards which will be handed out at a luncheon at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference, Wednesday, September 28, at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Momentum Awards focus on artists and industry people who are in the early stages of their bluegrass music careers. Performance awards go to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists, while three industry awards go to a Mentor, Industry Achiever and a Festival/Venue/Event.
 
Nominees and recipients are selected by a multiple committee-driven process. Regional and local associations -- as well as all IBMA members -- are encouraged to identify serious emerging artists and leaders for consideration. With the exception of the Mentor category, anyone previously nominated for an IBMA Award may not be considered for a Momentum Award. 
 
The 2016 Momentum Awards finalists:
 
Event of the Year
1.    Bright Box Theatre
2.    Carolina In The Fall
3.    Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival
4.    5th Annual Frankfort Bluegrass Festival
5.    Red Wing Roots Festival
 
Industry Involvement
1.    Dustin Boyd
2.    Brad Kolodner
3.    Josh Trivett
 
Mentor
1.    Lori King
2.    Stephen Mougin
3.    Woody Platt
4.    Deanie Richardson
5.    Jon Weisberger
 
Band
1.    Charm City Junction
2.    Lil’ Smokies
3.    Mile Twelve
4.    Mipso
5.    Trout Steak Revival
 
Instrumentalist (3 are selected)
1.    Erik Alvar
2.    Paul Harrigill
3.    Justin Hiltner
4.    John Mailander
5.    Tristan Scroggins
6.    Billy Strings
7.    Seth Taylor
8.    Molly Tuttle
9.    Jake Workman
Vocalist
1.    Joey Lemons
2.    Lindsay Lou Rilko
3.    Molly Tuttle
4.    Melody Walker
 
Those wishing to attend the World of Bluegrass Business Conference can purchase a pass by logging onto www.ibma.org or by calling
1-800-514-3849. First-time conference attendees receive a $50 discount.  IBMA Awards Show tickets and hotel reservation info can also be found on the site.
 
IBMA is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureauthe Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone (The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music), the City of Raleigh, and a local organizing committee. For more information: www.ibma.org.
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