ATTN, Record Labels & Artists: Is Your Album Eligible for This Year's IBMA Awards?

All professional members of IBMA will receive the first ballot for the International Bluegrass Music Awards in late May. A reference list of recordings reported to have been released during the eligibility period for this year’s awards, will be available at or mailed upon request.

IBMA compiles this information for members who may not be familiar or have access to actual release dates of the recordings. Once again, we are requesting the help of record companies, artists and producer members in compiling the list.

To include a project on the reference list send the following information in writing for each recording:

  • Recording Title
  • Featured Artist/Group
  • Record Label
  • Catalog Number
  • Commercial Release date (month/day/year recording was first made available to consumers).

To be eligible for the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards to be presented on September 26, 2013 in Nashville, TN, a recording project must have had its first commercial release between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. Since IBMA will establish the Eligible Recordings List before the first ballots are printed and mailed, your information must be received at the IBMA office in Nashville no later than May 1, 2013.

Even if you have sent IBMA information on recordings during the past year for review in the newsletter, please supply this specific information again, since prior info may not have established an exact release date. Because this reference list will probably not contain every recorded project released during the eligibility period, IBMA members are not limited to titles on the list when making their nominations. Any necessary updates will be made to the list of eligible recordings posted on the website.

SEND INFORMATION BEFORE May 1, 2013 to: or to IBMA Awards Eligibility List, 608 Iris Drive, Nashville, TN 37204. IBMA reserves the sole and exclusive right to make eligibility determinations and may require additional information from candidates and/or their representatives in order to make such determinations.