The winners are determined in three ballots over the course of the summer, with the awards being announced at the IBMA Awards show on October 4 at The Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville. Voting membership is limited to people who work professionally in bluegrass music, on either a full or part time basis.
The balloting breaks down as follows, as per the IBMA site:
Mailed by May 25
Return ballots due on June 15
Mailed by July 9
Return ballots due on August 1
Mailed by August 17
Return ballots due on September 7
Advance ticket sales for the Awards Show will begin on May 21, with IBMA members having access to priority seating.