Monday, 9 March 2015

2015 EBMA Bluegrass Pioneers and Personalities Awards

Congratulations to the 2015 recipients of an EBMA Bluegrass Pioneer / EBMA Bluegrass Personality Award:
Jean-Marie Redon (F)

2015 European Bluegrass Pioneers:

Personality of the Year

The Award ceremony will take place during the Munich Bluegrass Festival next Saturday evening, 14th March 2015. Make sure to be there and show the awardees present your appreciation.

Richard Weize of Bear Family Records (D)
It's not too late to join us for our 2015 European Bluegrass Gathering, which will take place in the same venue as the Festival on Friday 5pm - Sunday 2pm. You can also join in for a part of the gathering only - see our programme. In particular some might be interested in the Banjo-Workshop by Richard Cifersky, or the session with Kent Gustavsson (author of book on Doc Watson book "Blind but Now I See").

In 2012 the EBMA Board set up the European Bluegrass Pioneers and Personalities Project (EBPP) to recognise and acknowledge the past and present most influential European musicians, promoters, journalists, DJs, luthiers, experts, and others who contributed, and still contribute, in a relevant and significant way to establish or popularise the bluegrass music genre in Europe, and to create a European bluegrass scene and community.
The EBPPP Selecting Committee
The EBMA Board formed a special Selecting Committee comprising Paolo Dettwiler, Eberhard Finke, Christian Séguret, Jacques Brémond, Petr Kuklik, and Thierry Schoysman, with Martino Coppo as non-voting chairman. 

The criteria for selecting European Bluegrass Pioneers & Personalities are:
To be born in Europe or to have lived in European countries long enough to be considered European 'naturalised citizens';
To be representative of the European bluegrass culture;
To have inspired others to join the European bluegrass community;
To have acted in harmony with the principles of the EBMA's mission statement;
Pioneers: To have been among the first who had a significant impact on the popularisation of the bluegrass music genre in their own country or area in Europe, with special reference to their popularity and longevity in the bluegrass music community;

Personalities: To have promoted or contributed to promote special projects or have reached special achievements during the last year.

Members of the selection committee and serving members of the EBMA board are ineligible for nomination.

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