IBMA Hands Out Momentum Awards During World of Bluegrass Business Conference Up and Comers Recognized for Artistic and Professional Growth

September 28, 2016
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) recognized the recipients of their Momentum Awards today at a luncheon during the World of Bluegrass Business Conference at the Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.  The Momentum Awards focus on artists and industry professionals who are in the early stages of their bluegrass music careers, both on the music and business side  Additionally, the Mentor Award recognizes an established member of the bluegrass music community who significantly impacts the lives and careers of newcomers by selflessly giving of their time, talent and expertise.
Performance awards go to one band, one vocalist and three instrumentalists, while three industry awards go to a Mentor, Industry Achiever and a Festival/Venue/Event.
Nominees and recipients are selected by a multiple committee-driven process. Regional and local associations -- as well as all IBMA members -- are encouraged to identify serious emerging artists and leaders for consideration. With the exception of the Mentor category, anyone previously nominated for an IBMA Award may not be considered for a Momentum Award. 
The 2016 Momentum Award recipients are:
Event of the Year
Charm City Folk & Bluegrass Festival
Industry Involvement
Brad Kolodner
Stephen Mougin
Lil’ Smokies
Instrumentalist (3 are selected)
Billy Strings
Molly Tuttle
Jake Workman
Melody Walker
The World of Bluegrass Business Conference continues through Thursday, wrapping up the three-day event with the IBMA Awards Show at the Duke Energy Center