The Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award

The Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award is an annual cash award, presented to the developing academic scholar who presents the best paper accepted by a juried academic conference on an aspect of bluegrass music. The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium plus admission to the next IBMA Business Conference and Awards Show. 

“Developing academic scholars” eligible for this award are defined as graduate students in MA or PhD programs and recent PhDs (within five years of degree completion). The committee tasked with overseeing the  Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award process is headed by Travis Stimeling (West Virginia University), Kristine McCusker (Middle Tennessee State University) and Tim Stafford (East Tennessee State University/Blue Highway).

The “IBMA Academic Prize” (as it was then known) was presented in 2011 to Benjamin Krakauer, who teaches now on the faculty of Warren Wilson College. The IBMA Foundation took responsibility for the award in 2018, re-naming it in honor of renowned bluegrass music historian, author and Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Neil Rosenberg. The 2019 recipient was Jordan Laney, Ph.D., at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia.  

For more information, please email the IBMA Foundation through the form below, or contact Dr. Stimeling directly at Entries may be emailed to Dr. Stimeling or mailed to him at 142 Ridgeley Road, Morgantown, WV 26505, USA.

Previous Recipients

Benjamin Krakauer, PhD – 2011

Jordan Laney, PhD – 2019

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