Nashville, TN, July 26, 2023 – – The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for this year’s IBMA Industry Awards and IBMA Momentum Awards, which will be presented during the IBMA World of Bluegrass, September 26-30. The announcement was made earlier this morning on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction.
The Momentum Awards will take place on Wednesday, 9/27 at 11:00am ET at the IBMA World of Bluegrass conference in Raleigh, North Carolina. The IBMA Industry Awards will follow on Thursday 9/28 at 11:00 ET, and also includes the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Awards presentations. Both awards luncheons will feature music and memorable presentations to and by this year’s recipients.
IBMA Interim Executive Director Paul Schiminger says, “The IBMA’s Industry Awards and Momentum Awards are important to recognize the exceptional contributions by those who are dedicated to furthering bluegrass music behind the scenes and those who are successful rising stars in our music. I can’t wait for the luncheons in Raleigh to honor them all. Congratulations to these nominees who are lifting bluegrass music to new heights!”
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.
2023 IBMA INDUSTRY AWARDS NOMINEES
WRITER OF THE YEAR
Garret K. Woodward
SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR
SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR
BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
GRAPHIC DESIGNER OF THE YEAR
Grace van’t Hof
Pharis & Jason Romero
LINER NOTES OF THE YEAR
Birthright: A Black Roots Music Compendium
Written by Ted Olson
Dom Flemons – Traveling Wildfire
Written by Dom Flemons
Jake Blount – The New Faith
Written by Jake Blount
Pharis & Jason Romero – Tell ‘em You Were Gold
Written by Pharis & Jason Romero
Sam Bush – Radio John: The Songs of John Hartford
Written by Sam Bush and Jon Weisberger
EVENT OF THE YEAR
Blue Highway Fest
Big Stone Gap, Virginia
Bluegrass in La Roche
La Roche-sur-Foron, France
Doc at 100
Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
Pickin’ in the Pines
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.
2023 IBMA MOMENTUM AWARDS NOMINEES
MOMENTUM BAND OF THE YEAR
Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
Never Come Down
MENTOR OF THE YEAR
Ruth McLain Smith
INSTRUMENTALIST OF THE YEAR
VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
IBMA World of Bluegrass is the most important week in bluegrass! The week encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 26-28; the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases taking place September 26-28 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 34th Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards scheduled for Thursday evening, September 28, and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, September 29-30, 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. Tickets are now on sale for all IBMA World of Bluegrass events; visit worldofbluegrass.org for details.
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.
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