Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival was announced to be among the International Bluegrass Music Association Event of the Year nominees for their 2020 Industry and Momentum Awards. This annual event held at the Farmers Branch Historical Park began in 2010 and was first nominated as an Event of the Year in 2014. Unlike the annual IBMA Bluegrass Awards, which are chosen by a ballot of the professional membership of the organization, these nominees are chosen by select committees of industry experts in the various disciplines.

The IBMA Industry Awards are given to honor crucial areas of the business outside of the performing artists, and whose contributions are critical to the furtherance of bluegrass. The IBMA Momentum Awards and the IBMA Industry Awards are set to be virtual events scheduled for September 29-30. Specific times and additional details for both events may be found online at and

The Industry Awards recognize outstanding work in categories including Broadcaster of the Year, Event of the Year, Graphic Designer of the Year, Liner Notes of the Year, Writer of the Year, Sound Engineer of the Year, and Songwriter of the Year.

Nominees in each category are selected by specially appointed committees made up of bluegrass music professionals who possess significant knowledge of that field. The recipient of each award is decided on by the Panel of Electors, an anonymous group of over 200 veteran bluegrass music professionals selected by the IBMA Board of Directors.

“Congratulations to this year’s Hall of Fame inductees, Distinguished Achievement Awards recipients, and Music Awards nominees! All of you have been selected by your peers for your excellence this past year – or over a lifetime – in bluegrass music,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA.  “While we wish we could be in Raleigh to celebrate each of your achievements in person, we are preparing a special awards show to be aired on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction and streamed for those who want to watch the program. We will be announcing more details in the weeks ahead, so please stay tuned!”

And the 2020 Industry Award “Event of the Year” Nominees are:

The 2019-2020 Emelin Theatre Bluegrass Concert Series – Mamaroneck, NY
FreshGrass – North Adams, MA
Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival – Farmers Branch, TX
Augusta Heritage Center Bluegrass Week – Elkins, WV
Tell It To Me: The Johnson City Sessions 90th Anniversary Celebration – Johnson City, TN

The Broadcaster of the Year Nominees include Alan Tompkins, the founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation and bass player with Texas & Tennessee. In 2010, together with the City of Farmers Branch, Texas, Alan created the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival, now known as the largest bluegrass event in north Texas. Other nominees for the Broadcaster of the Year include Barb Heller, Michael Kear, Brad Kolodner, and Peter Thompson.

Discover more Festivals & Events in Farmers Branch!

Come out to the award-winning Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival at the Farmers Branch Historical Park the weekend of October 16-17, 2020. Enjoy all-day bluegrass music, an arts & crafts marketplace and more. Music lineup and ticket information coming soon. Follow on Facebook!

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