2023 IBMA Industry Awards Nominees

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IBMA Awards

The IBMA   releases 2023 IBMA Industry and Momentum Awards Nominations,

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 26-30. The announcement was made earlier this morning on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction.

The Momentum Awards will take place on Wednesday, 27th Sep., 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 a.m. 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.

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- Paul Schiminger, IBMA.

About 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 2023 IBMA Industry Awards nominees are:

Broadcaster of the Year
  • Barb Heller
  • Brad Kolodner
  • Michelle Lee
  • Ned Luberecki
  • Peter Thompson
Blue Highway

Blue Highway

Event of the Year
  • Blue Highway Fest
  • Big Stone Gap, Virginia
  • Bluegrass in La Roche
  • La Roche-sur-Foron, France
  • Doc at 100
  • Various locations
  • Durango Bluegrass Meltdown
  • Durango, Colorado
  • Pickin’ in the Pines
  • Flagstaff, Arizona
Graphic Designer of the Year
  • Eric Barie
  • Gina Dilg
  • Grace van’t Hof
  • Pharis & Jason Romero
  • Tim Kapustka
Liner Notes of the Year
  • Birthright: A Black Roots Music Compendium – Written by Ted Olsen
  • Dom Flemmons – Traveling Wildfire – Written by Dom Flemmons
  • 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
Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Songwriter of the Year
  • Becky Buller
  • Jon Weisberger
  • Rick Faris
  • Thomm Jutz
  • Tim Stafford
Sound Engineer of the Year
  • Aubrey Shamel
  • Brad Benge
  • Dewey Boyd
  • Key Chang
  • Steve Chandler
Writer of the Year
  • Chris Jones
  • Craig Havighurst
  • Garret K. Woodward
  • Gary Reid
  • Stacy Chandler

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.

Chris Jones

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers

Nominees are chosen through a multi-stage process by committees made up of respected musicians and industry leaders in the bluegrass world.

The 2023 IBMA Momentum Award nominees are:

Mentor Award
  • Austin Scelzo
  • Dan Boner
  • Louisa Branscomb
  • Ruth McLain Smith
  • Scott Napier
Industry Involvement Award
  • Daniel Mullins
  • Katie Kirchner
  • Maggie Rainwater
  • Matt Hutchinson
  • Mike Kaiz
Vocalist of the Year
  • Carley Arrowood
  • Crystal Lariza
  • Nick Dumas
  • Starlett Austin
  • Tianna Lefebvre
Instrumentalists of the Year (2 selected)
  • Anthony Howell
  • Alex Genova
  • Gavin Largent
  • Jake Eddy
  • Josiah Nelson
  • Maddie Dalton
  • Michael Prewitt
Band of the Year
  • Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band
  • The Fretliners
  • Hayde Bluegrass Orchestra
  • Never Come Down

IBMA World of Bluegrass is the most important week in bluegrass The week encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, 26th to 28th September; the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases taking place 26th to 28th September in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 34th Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards scheduled for Thursday evening, 28th September, and IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC, 29th to 30th September, 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 World of Bluegrass for details.

About IBMA:

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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