The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has presented its 2021 Distinguished Achievement Awards to Bluegrass Country’s Lee Michael Demsey, Washington bluegrass singer and bandleader Cliff Waldron, former IBMA executive director and current IBMA Foundation executive director Nancy Cardwell Webster, Czech banjo builder Jaroslav Prucha, and Boston Bluegrass Union founder Stan Zdonik.

The awards were presented September 30 in a ceremony at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC.  On the same program, the association presented its industry awards for 2021 to:

  • Tim Stafford – Liner Notes of the Year
  • Kyle Cantrell -Broadcaster of the Year
  • Blueberry Bluegrass Festival in Alberta, Canada, Event of the Year.
  • Grace Van’t Hof, Graphic Designer of the Year
  • Tristan Scroggins, Writer of the Year
  • Anna Frick, Sound Engineer of the Year
  • Thomm Jutz, Songwriter of the Year