IBMM wins Kentucky Governor’s Arts Award

International Bluegrass Music MuseumThe Kentucky Arts Council has recognized Owensboro’s International Bluegrass Music Museum for maintaining an environment in which people can discover bluegrass music.

In announcing the 2013 recipients of the award, the Kentucky Arts Council noted …………

“In 1985, the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, began to develop – and has since maintained – an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music. The museum is the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music, an important chapter in Kentucky’s musical songbook. Through its exhibits and displays, special events including a video oral history project and the overwhelmingly popular ROMP Festival that attracts thousands of visitors from across the globe, the museum ensures the living legacy of bluegrass music continues.”

The museum is the world’s only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of bluegrass music.

Eight other Kentucky organizations and individuals were similarly honored.

Nominations for the Kentucky Governor’s Awards in the Arts are accepted annually from the public. The Kentucky Arts Council co-ordinates the nomination and selection process for recommendation to the governor.

The museum will receive the award at a presentation in the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort on Tuesday, October 29th.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.