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Press Release

Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival receives IBMA
“Event of the Year” Award

Event of the year award

Nashville: (L-R) Michael Mulligan,Thomas Point Beach Public Relations Manager; Shari Elder,TPB Associate Manager; Pati Crooker Mulligan, TPB Owner and Festival Producer and Dan Hays, International Bluegrass Music Association Executive Director

In Nashville, Tennessee, The International Bluegrass Music Association recently presented the “Event of the Year” award to the 29th (2007) Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival held in Brunswick annually on Labor Day Week-end. This award recognizes events (festivals, concerts and other live performances) for their outstanding accomplishment and service to bluegrass music in the field of event production. The recipient is judged for their overall contributions to the field of event production, professionalism and quality of presentation, work furthering bluegrass in their area of service and demonstrated ability to foster bluegrass music’s image. The 2008 19th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show was held at the historic Ryman Auditorium.

Past recipients include The 28th Walnut Valley Festival and National Flatpicking Championship in Kansas; The 34th Annual Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Festival held in Indiana; Huck Finn’s County Bluegrass Jubilee 2001 in California; Down From the Mountain (a multi-city tour of the United States produced by T Bone Burnett, the Coen Brothers and Immortal Entertainment); European World of Bluegrass produced by the European Bluegrass Music Association; California Bluegrass Association 28th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival; Wintergrass held in Washington state; The Joe Val Bluegrass Festival produced by the Boston Bluegrass Union; and the 33rd Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, Kentucky.

The Mission of the International Bluegrass Music Association is “Working together for high standards of professionalism, a greater appreciation for our music, and the success of the worldwide bluegrass community.” IBMA was first established in 1985 in Owensboro, Kentucky and is now located in Nashville, Tennessee. Bluegrass Music is performed and enjoyed around the world, with IBMA members in over 50 states and 30 countries.

Bluegrass music is built on tradition and one of the most notable bluegrass traditions established in the northeast region has long been the Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival. Since the first Thomas Point Festival in 1979 - the first major gathering of national bluegrass talent in the northeast - families gathered “Where the music meets the Sea” to enjoy the high, lonesome sound of the Southern Appalachian Mountains. The Festival combines the beauty and splendor of the Maine Coast with the sweet harmonies of bluegrass music. The Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival is acclaimed world-wide as one of the best managed and family oriented festivals anywhere. This festival is recognized internationally for the attention to quality and detail in all respects.


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