Mike Seeger to receive posthumous NEA Award

Mike Seeger: August 15, 1933 - August 7, 2009Mike Seeger is scheduled to receive the 2009 Bess Lomax Hawes Award from the National Endowment for the Arts on September 22. The presentation will take place in the US Capitol, Senate Caucus Building.

Mike passed away on August 7 of this year, and the award will be accepted by his wife, Alexia Smith. This award is presented annually in recognition of “an individual who has made a significant contribution to the preservation and awareness of cultural heritage.” Fitting, that.

There will also be a free concert on September 24 in Bethesda, MD where the 2009 NEA National Heritage Fellowship recipients will perform. Ms. Smith will be interviewed about Mike, his music, and his work during the show.

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