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IBMA Bluegrass Music Momentum Awards Announced

Danny Clark Momentum AwardRaleigh, NC -- The Momentum Awards were presented at the Showcase Luncheon on Wednesday, September 25 during the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. These awards began last year when the IBMA inaugurated the IBMA Momentum Awards after a year of close input, analysis, and preparation. These awards are meant to recognize musicians and industry professionals in the early stages of their bluegrass careers. It is not a peoples’ choice, popularity or member-voted award, but a juried award by notable peers. Input from all constituencies is considered by said jury. Essentially, the Momentum Awards recognize the best “up and comers."

IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell said, “The Momentum Awards were envisioned as a way to recognize and encourage young people who are starting out their careers in bluegrass music in a really spectacular, ‘shooting star’ sort of way — both musicians and people working on the business side."

The winners for the 2013 Momentum Awards were announced for the following categories with award title and winner:

  • Industry
    • One up-and-coming professional
      Industry Involvement of the Year: Danny Clark
    • One new festival or venue
      New Festival or Venue of the Year: Bluegrass on the Plains
    • One established musician or professional providing exceptional mentoring
      Mentor of the Year:Denise Stiff
  • Performance
    • Three instrumentalists (traditional or non-traditional bluegrass instruments)
      Instrumentalist of the Year: Chris Luquette
    • One vocalist
      Vocalist of the Year: Robert Greer
    • One band
      Band of the Year: Town Mountain

A group of IBMA members have been working together the past few years to help emerging artists get more work and attention. Dan Keen and Echo Propp are heading up the task force for the 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards.

A total of six honors were presented. On the industry side three awards were presented to individuals with emerging career paths including (but are not limited to) management, labels, promotion, radio, publicity, marketing, association leadership and recording. On the performance side: a band, a singer, and an instrumentalist, respectively.

Congratulations to all the award winners and the nominees who are so important to keeping bluegrass music going into the future./lip

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