To qualify for awards consideration, albums and songs must have been released during the eligibility period, April 1, 2013 and March 31, 2014.
To submit a release, fill out the online Eligibility Form* by May 14, 2014.
Release shall be defined as the date any portion of the public, anywhere in the world, could first acquire (through sale or for free), listen to and hold ownership of their copy of the recorded album project or song under consideration in any format or through any method of distribution.
Digital releases are eligible in so far as the public may acquire, through download or similar means, and hold ownership of a copy of the digital product. “Listen to only” formats, such as streaming, are not sufficient to constitute a release for the purpose of establishing a release date and thus are not eligible.
Promotional copies sent to entertainment industry or media entities to foster awareness prior to public release shall not be considered in determining the date of release. At least 50% of the songs on an album must be new recordings first released during the eligibility period to be eligible.
The 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. If a member believes an album or song under consideration may not fit within the award’s eligibility requirements, he or she should contact the IBMA at (615) 256-3222 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Because this reference list will likely not contain every recorded project released during the eligibility period, IBMA members are not limited to titles on the list when completing the ballot.
The 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be presented on 2nd October, 2014, in Raleigh, North Carolina during World of Bluegrass week.
Tickets on sale March 31 at ibma.org!
*The Eligibility List will be hosted at ibma.org/awards/eligibility-list as of 10:00 AM March 31, 2014. The webform link above can be accessed immediately. For questions, please contact the IBMA.