2019 IBMA Industry Awards

Pete Wernick hosts the 2019 IBMA Industry Awards – photo by Frank Baker

Today’s annual IBMA Industry Awards luncheon recognized outstanding work in non-performing industry categories, including graphic designers, writers, liner notes, sound engineering, events, and songwriters, plus several Distinguished Achievement Awards. Host Pete Wernick delivered opening remarks with sponsors Homespun providing a nice welcome video from Happy and Jane Traum, with the California Bluegrass Association featuring a short showcase set with AJ Lee and Blue Summit.

David Benedict from Mile Twelve gave an inspiring overview of the IBMA Leadership 2019 class, followed by a brief presentation from Becky Buller on the IBMA Foundation.

The complete list of presenters and winners are listed below.

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Tim Surrett from Balsam Range honored Mickey Gamble of Mountain Home Music.

Daniel and Joe Mullens presented to Allen Mills of Lost and Found.

Fred Bartenstein presented to former IBMA Executive Director Dan Hayes.

Sam Bush delivered to Moonshiner Magazine and Sab Watanabe.

Eric and Leigh Gibson of the Gibson Brothers presented to broadcaster Katy Daley.

Industry Awards

Graphic Designer: Michael Armistead of OTM SHO-CARD
Writer: David Morris of Bluegrass Today
Broadcaster: Michelle Lee of Bluegrass Borderline
Liner Notes: Akira Otsuka, Dudley Connell, Jeff Place, Katy Daley for Epilogue
Sound Engineer: Ben Surratt of The Rec Room Studio
Event: Blueberry Bluegrass Festival
Songwriter: Jerry Salley

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Dave Berry

Dave Berry is an avid mandolin picker, singer and songwriter who writes an interview column for the monthly California Bluegrass Association (CBA) members publication featuring California regional and national artists who tour California. He grew up in bluegrass country on the Ohio River right between where the Big Sandy and Big Scioto Rivers dump into the Ohio. The columns are also featured on the CBA website at www.cbaweb.org.