Best of the West 2015
Hello everyone … This is a final reminder that The FAR-West Best of the West (BOTW) Committee is now accepting nominations for the 2015 Best of the West Awards. Please submit nominations via email to Best of the West Coordinator, Steve Brogden, brogdenbay_at_gmail.com (replace _at_ with @) by March 22, 2015. Nominations should include a brief summary of biographical information, accomplishments and website link. Honorees are determined by the FAR-West board and will be announced later in the spring.
The Best of the West Awards were established by FAR-West in 2005 to honor individuals who have maintained an enduring presence in the folk and acoustic music scene in the West, inspiring others by embodying folk values and traditions.
Nominations are solicited from the FAR-West membership, with the honorees in both the performer and the ambassador category chosen by the FAR-West board of directors. There are two awards presented, “Performer of the Year” and “Ambassador of the Year.”
Best of the West Selection Criteria:
Note that the following four criteria apply to both the Performer Award and the Ambassador award. Criterion 4 provides guidelines for the Ambassador Award but the ideal Performer candidate will have demonstrated this as well. The criteria used in selecting the award recipients are:
Excellence in one's craft.
Enduring presence in the geographical FAR-Western folk community for a decade or more.
Embodies or builds upon Folk values and traditions.
Promotes, nurtures, fosters, expands the audience and opportunities for folk music and musicians in the geographical FAR-West.
Current members of the FAR-West and Folk Alliance International board of directors are NOT eligible. Please note that the honorees MUST be present at the luncheon. If the chosen candidate is unable to attend, an alternate nominated candidate will be selected.
For a list of previous honorees, please see http://www.far-west.org/botw2015.html