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Academy of Bluegrass Instructors Nominated for Music Awards

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Artistworks Academy of BluegrassLos Angeles, CA -- ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass superstar teaching artists, bassist Missy Raines and guitarist Bryan Sutton are nominated for "Instrumentalist of the Year" awards at the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) scheduled for Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium. Raines has previously won "Instrumentalist of the Year" (Bass) seven times and this marks her eighth nomination in this category, while Sutton has previously won "Instrumentalist of the Year" (Guitar) and this is his tenth nomination in this category. These nominations reflect the quality of the Academy's instructors of bluegrass music instrumentation.

"I am so very honored to be nominated for Bass Player of the Year and to be in the company of my heroes, Mark Schatz, Mike Bub, Barry Bales, and Marshall Wilborn," says Raines. " This is a truly amazing journey."

"The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass is incredibly proud to help keep the spirit of Bluegrass music alive by giving aspiring players access to some of the best musicians and teachers in the world of Bluegrass," says ArtistWorks Founder & CEO David Butler. "The IBMAs celebrate the best in Bluegrass and we are proud to see ArtistWorks artists Bryan Sutton and Missy Raines nominated for this prestigious award."

The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass is an interactive, online music school that provides a two-way learning environment where average players can learn from some of the world's top bluegrass artists via ArtistWorks patent-pending Video ExchangeTM Accelerated Learning Platform. Players of all skill levels can view an exhaustive library of streaming lessons, tabs, and backing tracks, and submit practice videos to their legendary teaching artist who responds with video feedback and advice. The ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass presents the most comprehensive beginner, intermediate and advanced online video lessons for flatpick guitar, banjo, mandolin, fiddle, dobro and bass - combined with online chat, forums, student/teacher blogs, study materials, tab, backing tracks and exclusive interviews that are accessible 24/7.

The complete ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass artist roster includes many of the biggest and most respected players in bluegrass including: Tony Trishka (banjo lessons); Mike Marshall (mandolin lessons); Missy Raines (double bass lessons); Darol Anger (fiddle lessons); Andy Hall (dobro lessons) and Bryan Sutton (guitar lessons).
Subscriptions to the ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass are reasonably priced at $90.00 for 3 months, $150.00 for 6 months and $240.00 for a 12-month subscription.

Founded in 2008 by former AOL executive David Butler, ArtistWorks, Inc. is the leader in a new generation of online learning platforms. Their revolutionary global learning community of world-renowned teaching artists and enthusiastic amateurs is dedicated to unleashing the music that lies within all of us. This "next generation" Video Exchange AcceleratedTTM Learning Platform enables virtuoso musicians to "teach the world" by presenting their musical legacy in the form of HD video lessons to subscribing students. Utilizing simple web cams, smartphones, tablets or video cameras, students are able to submit practice videos and get individualized video feedback and guidance from their teaching artists - creating a constantly evolving two-way, online learning experience. For additional information please visit:

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