New IBMA Awards debuting in 2024

Last year, the IBMA Board of Directors approved the addition of two new awards so the association can broaden its recognition of achievement by bluegrass music industry professionals.

A Photographer of the Year award was established as a new Industry Award and will be presented at the annual IBMA Industry Awards Luncheon, beginning in 2024.

A Music Video of the Year award was established as a new IBMA Bluegrass Music Award and will be presented at the annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards Show, beginning in 2024.

Each award will follow the same nomination and selection process as currently outlined in the IBMA Awards Handbook for other Industry and Music Awards categories, respectively. The initial eligibility period for these new awards is April 1, 2023 through March 31, 2024.

Photographer of the Year

This award recognizes a photographer for outstanding work and service to bluegrass music. Candidates must have been active and their accomplishments evident within the eligibility period. Photographers will be judged by their technical abilities; visual artistry and aesthetics; use of technology, ambient and artificial lighting, and sceneries or landscapes; quality and/or quantity; and success in presenting bluegrass music to the public through quality photography.

Required Materials 

  • Candidate name
  • Contact information
  • Photographic samples via website links (minimum of 6 photographs) from within the eligibility period
  • Explanation of the photographer’s impact on bluegrass music during the eligibility period

Supplemental Material

  • List of other qualifications
  • Letters of recommendation (3 max)
  • Website links (photographer’s website, portfolio, etc.)

Music Video of the Year

This award recognizes a music video that was first commercially released or received significant viewership within the eligibility period. The music video must be a short form performance of a single song, instrumental, or medley, and must be either a studio production or professionally captured live performance. Any music video that has reached the final ballot for this award in previous years is ineligible. The award recognizes the featured artist(s), songwriter(s), producer(s), videographer(s), and record label.

Don’t forget to keep these new awards in mind as the nomination process begins!

  • IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards For Your Consideration List Submissions open Friday, March 1.
  • Information on when DAA, Momentum and Industry Awards nominations will be opening will be available at a later date!
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