Nominees for IBMA’s 2022 Industry Awards and Momentum Awards Announced
Nashville, TN, August 4, 2022 – – The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for this year’s IBMA Industry Awards and IBMA Momentum Awards, which will be presented during IBMA World of Bluegrass, September 27-October 1. The announcement was made earlier this morning on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction.
The IBMA Momentum Awards will take place Wednesday, September 28; the IBMA Industry Awards will take place Thursday, September 29. Specific times and additional details for both events, and for other IBMA World of Bluegrass events, will be shared in the coming weeks across the organization’s social media platforms, through email notification, and at worldofbluegrass.org.
IBMA INDUSTRY AWARDS
The Industry Awards 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.
Nominees in each category are selected by specially appointed committees made up of bluegrass music professionals who possess significant knowledge of that field. The recipient of each award is decided on by the Panel of Electors, an anonymous group of veteran bluegrass music professionals selected by the IBMA Board of Directors.
The 2022 IBMA Industry Awards nominees are:
Broadcaster of the Year
Event of the Year
2021 Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival, Celebrating 50 Years of Bluegrass Country Soul
Congleton, Cheshire, England, UK
Doc Watson: Celebrating a Life in Music
Banner Elk, NC
Industrial Strength Bluegrass Festival
Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival
Graphic Designer of the Year
Grace van’t Hof
Liner Notes of the Year
Never Slow Down – The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
From Sulfur Springs to Rising Fawn: The Songs of Norman Blake
Doc Watson: Life’s Work: A Retrospective
Songwriter of the Year
Mark “Brink” Brinkman
Sound Engineer of the Year
Writer of the Year
Garret K. Woodward
IBMA MOMENTUM AWARDS
The Momentum Awards recognize both musicians and bluegrass industry professionals who, in the early stages of their careers, are making significant contributions to or are having a significant influence upon bluegrass music. These contributions can be to bluegrass music in general, or to a specific sector of the industry. The Mentor Award, in contrast to the other Momentum Awards, recognizes a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry.
Nominees are chosen through a multi-stage process by committees made up of respected musicians and industry leaders in the bluegrass world.
The 2022 IBMA Momentum Award nominees are:
Industry Involvement Award
Mary Beth Martin
Vocalist of the Year
Instrumentalists of the Year (2 selected)
Band of the Year
East Nash Grass
Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
AJ Lee & Blue Summit
Never Come Down
IBMA World of Bluegrass is the most important week in bluegrass! The week encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 27-29; the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases taking place September 27-29 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards scheduled for Thursday evening, September 29, and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, September 30-October 1, a two-day festival. IBMA Bluegrass Live! features the best of the best in bluegrass today, benefiting the IBMA Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.
IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide. IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, featuring the best of the best in bluegrass today, helps benefit the IBMA Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.
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