Foundation President nominated for two IBMA Momentum Awards
September 8, 2015
Alan W. Tompkins, President and founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, has been nominated by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for two prestigious Momentum Awards. The winners of the 2015 Momentum Awards will be announced at a luncheon on September 30 in Raleigh, North Carolina, as part of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass.
The Momentum Awards were created to recognize both 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 the IBMA membership, nominees are chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving respected musicians and industry leaders.
Alan has been nominated for both the Mentor Award, given to a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the industry, and the Industry Involvement Award.
Alan commented that “it’s a huge honor to be nominated for these awards, but nothing I’ve done would be possible without the incredible support of our Bluegrass Heritage Foundation family – our sponsors, donors, volunteers, staffers, board members, the folks who attend our events and, of course, all the incredible artists who play for (and with) us. Any recognition that I get is really due to all of them.” We wish Alan the best!