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2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards Activity Begins

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IBMA AwardsThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced their initial list of eligible recorded products which can be nominated for the 24th International Bluegrass Music Awards this year. To be eligible, the bluegrass music recording must have been released between April 1, 2012 and March 31, 2013. As a result of the initial announcement, artists, producers, labels and others are making their respective projects known to the bluegrass music community with emphasis on the voting members of the IBMA. It's all about the music.

While the IBMA attempts to get their list as accurate as possible, it is important to note that the list may not necessarily contain 100% of the bluegrass recordings released during the eligibility period. The association also has established rules for which albums may be included in the process. Artists competing should already be aware of the rules for the awards program.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are the highlight and culmination of the World of Bluegrass trade show and convention which will be held in Raleigh, NC this year. For the past several years, the show took place in Nashville, Tennessee.

Artists compete through a variety of public relations, press releases, and social media to get the word out about their recordings. Many were released early in the eligibility period so it is important for the artists to remind the voting membership about their projects. The awards are not only representative of achievement but also carry with them the potential for higher financial rewards to the artists.

Since the founding of IBMA in 1985, one of the fundamental purposes of the organization has been to honor outstanding achievements and pioneering efforts in the music. The first honors were the Distinguished Achievement Awards (then called the Certificate of Merit) first bestowed in 1986. Today, with almost two dozen annual awards, the IBMA represent the genre's most important honors. What makes them important and unique is that the awards are determined by the recipient's peers and colleagues in the bluegrass music industry.

Each year bluegrass artists, professionals and fans come together to celebrate the biggest night of the year during the annual Awards Show. The recording is the focus as this is where the music ultimately resides. Awards are based on song, album, artist, and aspects surrounding those three elements. Without the music, there would be no awards.

This year's World of Bluegrass will take place September 24-26, 2013 at the Raleigh Convention Center, Raleigh, North Carolina. Tickets are available through

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