Posted on September 26, 2015


AirPlay Direct is proud to present this year’s IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist & Band of the Year.

"Once again we deeply appreciate the support of AirPlay Direct as an IBMA Momentum Awards sponsor.  Our partnership with AirPlay Direct is an important one to both recognize and empower the emerging talent in bluegrass.  Robert and Lynda Weingartz at AirPlay Direct generously give of their time and provide valuable member benefits that help artists distribute their music to radio in an innovative and cost-effective way.  The first demonstration I saw of AirPlay Direct was a 'wow' moment!"   --Paul Schiminger, Executive Director - IBMA

AirPlay Direct will be co-sponsoring the IBMA Momentum Awards for the 3rd year in a row.  Robert Weingartz, Chairman – AirPlay Direct, and Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct will be introducing Gold Heart for their performance during the awards luncheon, and will then present the 2015 IBMA Momentum Awards for Vocalist and Band of the Year.

Momentum Award Nominees:

Performance Award nominees, Instrumentalists (final committee will select 3)

•    Annie Staninec (fiddle)

•    Casey Campbell (mandolin, fiddle)

•    Molly Tuttle (guitar, banjo)

•    Nate Lee (fiddle, mandolin)

•    Paul Kowert (bass)

•    Patrick McAvinue (fiddle)

•    John Mailander (fiddle, mandolin)

•    Bryan McDowell (fiddle, guitar)

Performance Award nominees, Vocalist (final committee to select 1)

•    Savannah Church (The Church Sisters)

•    Alysha Bankester (The Bankesters)

•    Kim Robins (Kim Robins and 40 Years Late)

•    Louise Holden (I Draw Slow)

•    Summer McMahan (Mountain Faith)

Performance Award nominees, Band (final committee to select 1)

•    I Draw Slow

•    Lonely Heartstring Band

•    Twisted Pine

•    Haas, Kowert, Tice

Industry Involvement Award nominees, Media/Artisan/Business/General

•    Alan Tompkins (promoter, radio broadcaster, association leader)

•    Casey Freeland (association executive director)

•    Daniel Mullins (journalist, radio broadcaster)

•    Erin Scholze (publicist)

Nominees for Festival/Event/Venue

•    HoustonFest – Galax, VA

•    Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival – Manteo, NC

•    ISIS Restaurant and Music Hall – Asheville, NC

•    PineCone Youth Camp – Cary, NC

•    Christmas in the Smokies – Pidgeon Forge, TN

Mentor Award (given to a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry):

•    Alan Tompkins (promoter, radio broadcaster, association leader)

•    Andrea Roberts (Andrea Roberts Agency)

•    Daniel Boner (director, Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies at ETSU)

•    Ken Irwin (Rounder Records)

•    Woody Platt (Steep Canyon Rangers)

“AirPlay Direct is very proud of our on-going involvement and commitment to IBMA and the critically important emerging artists they honor every year with the Momentum Awards.  These artists are the future of bluegrass and we are honored to participate in the acknowledgement and celebration of their successes.”   -- Robert Weingartz, Chairman – AirPlay Direct

About IBMA Business Conference 2015:  The IBMA Business Conference is the premier industry event and trade show where top bluegrass professionals—including artists, agents, journalists, merchandisers, record labels, publicists, publishers, talent buyers and more—come to share and discover the latest tools, strategies, technology and sounds.  The 2015 conference will take place September 29 - October 1 at the Raleigh Convention Center in beautiful downtown Raleigh, NC.

About AirPlay Direct:  AirPlay Direct is a global artist marketing, promotion and education platform / eco-system that allows artists, record labels and music publishers to securely deliver broadcast-quality music and Digital Press Kits / DPKs to music industry professionals worldwide.  Our system allows, radio programmers and film / TV music supervisors globally to connect to new music, create music calls, browse top downloaded artists and immediately download music and related artist information.
AirPlay Direct also provides our artist / label members our genre-based APD Global Radio Indicator Charts, which track the download activity that our members' music receives from our worldwide radio panel.  We have a national and international reach of 9,800+ radio station and programmers in 90+ countries.

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