Bluegrass Heritage President Alan Tompkins Receives Prestigious IBMA Award
September 30, 2015
Alan W. Tompkins, President and founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, was honored with the 2015 Momentum Award for Industry Involvement by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) at a luncheon on September 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. The Momentum Award for Industry Involvement honors exemplary efforts by the recipient to further the careers of a new generation of musicians and industry professionals.
The Momentum Awards were created to recognize musicians and industry professionals who, while in the early stages of their careers, have contributed to, or had an influence on, bluegrass music. Starting with recommendations from IBMA members, nominees are chosen by committees in a process involving respected musicians and industry leaders.
Alan commented that “it’s such an honor to receive an award like this, to be recognized and appreciated by your colleagues in the bluegrass music world, that I almost don’t know what to say. What I do know is that without the support of our Bluegrass Heritage Foundation family – our volunteers, our sponsors, our donors, staffers, board members, and the folks who attend our events, none of this would have ever been possible. I really owe this award, and such a debt of gratitude, to our Bluegrass Heritage Foundation family.”