Each year, United States Artists honors 50 of America's finest artists with individual fellowship awards of $50,000 each. Celebrated and innovative banjo player Tony Trischka has inspired many other progressive players and is one of the 2012 recipients. Trischka started playing the banjo in 1963 and played with numerous bands until the 1980s, when he began recording with his band, Skyline, and worked on the soundtrack for Driving Miss Daisy. His 2007 album, Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular, featured appearances by Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, and many other banjo luminaries, and received two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards as well as a Grammy® nomination. Trischka also received an IBMA award for Banjo Player of the Year.