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The International Folk Music Awards

The International Folk Music Awards (IFMAs) are the premier recognition of folk music industry leaders, legends, unsung heroes, and rising talent. Awards presented are: member-voted Best Of for Album, Song, and Artist of the previous year, Lifetime Achievement, Spirit of Folk, inductions into the Folk DJ Hall of Fame, and in a permanent commitment to honor the socially conscious roots of folk music, the People’s Voice and Clearwater Awards. Past performers and presenters include Kris Kristofferson, Ruthie Foster, John Oates, Guy Davis, The Kingston Trio, Anais Mitchell, Megan Mullally, Bruce Cockburn, and Eliza Gilkyson. FAI members can nominate award candidates (except for Best Of Awards) here.


2019 IFMAs

The 2019 International Folk Music Awards will be on February 13, 2019, at the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montréal, Québec. Learn more about the show here.


2018 IFMAs

The 2018 International Folk Music Awards show at the Folly Theater, presented in partnership with Folk Music Canada, featured performances and appearances by Ruthie Foster, John Oates, Guy Davis, Giri and Uma Peters, The Kingston Trio, Anaïs Mitchell, and a rousing finale from Kansas City’s Staley Falcon Chorale. If you weren’t able to join the nearly 900 attendees, you can catch the full recording here.


Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

  • Living: Peter, Paul and Mary
  • Legacy: Richie Havens
  • Business/Academic: Elektra Records


Best of Award Winners

  • Album of the Year: Freedom Highway by Rhiannon Giddens
  • Song of the Year: "You Didn't Call My Name" by Molly Tuttle
  • Artist of the Year: Ordinary Elephant


The Clearwater Award Recipient

  • Winnipeg Folk Festival


Spirit of Folk Award Recipients

  • Anaïs Mitchell
  • Betsy Siggins
  • Kristian Blak
  • Martyn Joseph
  • Richard Gilmann


Folk DJ Hall of Fame Inductees

  • Dick Pleasants
  • Fiona Ritchie
  • Mary Cliff


The People's Voice Award Recipient

  • Bonnie Raitt

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