IBMA announces 2016 Special Awards Nominees

IBMA AwardsThe International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the nominees for its 2016 Special Awards, which go to those who work in our industry outside the artists and performers whose work is highlighted during the gala awards ceremony during World of Bluegrass week.

Winners will be announced on September 29 during a luncheon presentation in the Raleigh Convention Center.

And the nominees are…

Broadcaster of the Year

  1. Kyle Cantrell
  2. Larry Carter
  3. Joe Mullins
  4. Ronnie Reno
  5. Alan Tompkins


Event of the Year

  1. 44thAnnual Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival (Woodstown, NJ)
  2. The 2015-16 Emelin Theatre Bluegrass Concert Series (Mamaroneck, NY)
  3. La Roche Bluegrass Festival – Special 10thEdition (La Roche sur Foron, France)
  4. Musicians Against Childhood Cancer (Lockbourne, Ohio)
  5. New Richmond Bluegrass Festival (Quebec, Canada)


Best Liner Notes for Recorded Project

  1. Darol Anger and Joe Walsh – Project : The People Need Light; Artist: Mr. Sun; Compass Records
  2. Ron Block – Project: Forbes Family Treasures, Volumes 1 & 2; Artist: The Forbes Family; Rebel Records
  3. Peter Cooper – Project: The Muscle Shoals Recordings; Artist: The SteelDrivers; Rounder Records
  4. Daniel Mullins – Project: The Blues Are Still The Blues; Artist: The Traditional Grass; Rebel Records
  5. Larry Nager – Project: Modern Day Man; Artist: Josh Williams; Rounder Records
  6. Jim Wood – Project: Home Made Sugar and a Puncheon Floor; Artist: Howdy Forrester and John Hartford; Spring Fed Records


Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project

  1. Robert Hakalski – Project: Traveling Roots; Artist: Matt Flinner Trio; Compass Records
  2. Dave Hummel and Charles R. Humphrey III- Project: Traveling Show; Artist: Songs From The Road Band; Lucks Dumpy Toad Records
  3. Anthony Ladd – Project: The Road’s Not Easy; Artist: Ash Breeze; Travianna Records
  4. Scott McCormick – Project: Ladies & Gentlemen; Artist: The Infamous Stringdusters; Compass Records
  5. Jennifer Peck – Project: Nothing But Sky; Artist: Delta Reign; Travianna Records


Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year

  1. Derek Halsey
  2. David Morris
  3. Daniel Mullins
  4. Penny Parsons
  5. Garret K. Woodward


Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year

  1. Chris Jones
  2. Charles Humphrey III
  3. Tammy Rogers King
  4. Milan Miller
  5. Donna Ulisse

Congratulations and best of luck to all the nominees!

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