Nashville, TN — At a luncheon in Raleigh, N.C., as part of the annual World of Bluegrass event, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the winners of the Momentum Awards, a number of special honors to recognize excellence and achievement in a variety of areas in the industry.

Tim Surrett of Balsam Range was honored with the Mentor Award, given to a bluegrass professional who has made a significant impact on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry.

“Ours is a creative community known for supporting one another and for giving back,” Tim says. “I’m very touched by this recognition, but everything I do is simply part of a greater tradition in the Bluegrass world. It’s a world I’m grateful to be a part of, and frankly, I have to admit, working with gifted young people is no work at all. It’s my honor and it’s a lot of fun!”

Winners were chosen by committee through a multi-stage process involving both musicians and music industry leaders.

Crossroads/Mountain Home President, Mickey Gamble added his thoughts on Surrett’s win: “It is well deserved. Tim loves mentoring young artists and his work in the studio is inspiring. The only thing greater than his talent is his heart.”

Balsam Range is also nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year and singer/fiddler Buddy Melton is nominated for Male Vocalist of the Year in the annualannual IBMA Awards to be held ThursdayThursday of this week.