Recognizing outstanding work
in non-performing industry categories

Nashville, TN, September 30, 2020 –  The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the recipients of the 2020 Industry Awards, awarded today as part of this week’s IBMA Virtual World of Bluegrass.

The 2020 Industry Awards, hosted this year by Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn, and sponsored by Homespun Music Instruction, recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Event of the Year, Graphic Designer of the Year, Liner Notes of the Year, Writer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.

The 2020 Industry Awards recipients:

Broadcaster of the Year
Michael Kear

Event of the Year
Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week
Elkins, WV

Graphic Designer of the Year
Michael Armistead

Liner Notes of the Year
Katy Daley
Live at the Cellar Door – The Seldom Scene

Writer of the Year
Derek Halsey

Sound Engineer of the Year
Stephen Mougin

Songwriter of the Year
Milan Miller

Additionally, the show featured a segment honoring the recipients of the 2020 Distinguished Achievement Awards: festival pioneers Norman & Judy Adams, “Musicians Against Childhood Cancer” (MACC) founders Darrel & Phyllis Adkins, fiddle virtuoso/educator Darol Anger, San Diego’s KSON “Bluegrass Special” host Wayne Rice, and bluegrass innovator Jack Tottle.

About IBMA
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.


Press Info: Judy McDonough, JEMMedia
[email protected], (615) 243-5994

General Info: Casey Campbell, IBMA
[email protected], (615) 256-3222

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