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The IBMA Foundation is proud to announce the Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship. Daley and her husband, Bill Brown, donated initial funds to endow the scholarship, which they continue to fund–along with contributions from other supporters. 

Katy Daley, former co-host of the Bluegrass Stories podcast, has had a 30+ year career in bluegrass (WAMU-FM and Bluegrass Country) and country (WMZQ) radio in the Washington, DC area. She’s a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and a 2008 graduate of IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass class. Katy was named IBMA Bluegrass Broadcaster of the year in 2009 and 2011. She was honored with the DC Bluegrass Union’s 2017 Washington Monument Award. You can read her Q&A articles at Bluegrass Today. Katy received the 2019 and 2020 IBMA Liner Notes Awards for her portion of the liner notes for Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey on Smithsonian Folkways Records and as the sole writer for the reissued Seldom Scene Recorded Live at the Cellar Door from Rebel Records.  Katy was honored with the IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in September 2019. She’s an accomplished baker of pies and is working on becoming a jam-worthy clawhammer banjo player.

The Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship is awarded annually to individuals planning to study broadcasting or sound engineering at college or in a continuing education program with a bluegrass music focus. Eligible areas of study include radio, television, digital media, recorded sound engineering and mastering, live sound engineering, and related disciplines. Applicants must plan to become involved in the bluegrass music industry on a professional level and be current IBMA members. (See to join IBMA.)

IBMA Foundation board chair and former bluegrass broadcaster Fred Bartenstein said, “The professional presentation of bluegrass music has a direct effect on how new fans and musicians are attracted to the genre. The Foundation supports the effort to present the best music on the planet in the best way possible for the benefit of new listeners and new generations, as well as for loyal fans. We thank Katy Daley and Bill Brown for their generous donation to found the scholarship, and it is our hope that others in the bluegrass community interested in broadcasting and engineering will also support this scholarship.”

The first Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship was awarded in August 2022. The deadline for application is June 1, for a fall semester scholarship.