The Premier Recognition of the Folk Music Industry
The International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) are the premier recognition of folk music industry leaders, legends, unsung heroes, and rising talent.
Awards presented annually on the opening night of the FAI conference include:
- Album, Song, and Artist of the Year (based on global charts)
- Lifetime Achievement (Living, Legacy, Biz/Academic)
- People’s Voice (honoring social commentary by leading musicians)
- Clearwater (celebrating environmental stewardship by festivals)
- Rising Tide (elevating advocacy work by emerging artists)
- Spirit of Folk (recognizing behind-the-scenes leaders)
- Folk DJ Hall of Fame (induction of 30-year+ broadcast veterans)
FAI members can nominate award candidates (except for Best Of Awards) here.