It’s that time again when nominees for possible IPA Polka Hall of Fame induction and Music Awards consideration need to make the proper, timely submissions.
For over 45 years, IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards Chairman Leon Kozicki has faithfully managed this vital process ensuring the ongoing recognition of deserving polka professionals. As many of you may know, Leon has been beset with some health issues; those who would like to wish him well are encouraged to send a card or letter to: ManorCare Health Services, Attn: Patient Leon Kozicki, 600 W. Ogden Ave., Hinsdale, IL 60521.
In order to maintain the legacy of excellence established by Leon, the IPA Board of Directors has established a Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards committee to oversee the process, manage the workload, enhance communications, and create efficiencies where possible. This committee is comprised of the 2nd Vice President of the IPA, an IPA Director At Large, and an IPA Trustee to serve as the liaison to the rest of the national Trustees. Fred Kendzierski, Mike Matousek, and Fred Bulinski were chosen as the initial committee members, respectively.
Anyone may nominate a candidate, living or deceased, for IPA Hall of Fame consideration. The nominee’s biography, not to exceed two single-spaced pages, must be submitted with a completed IPA Polka Hall of Fame Nomination Form (see the link below). The form is also available by request by writing to: IPA Polka Music Hall of Fame Nomination, P.O. Box 91, Dover, DE 19903. The biography and nomination form must be mailed together to the address above so that the submission is postmarked by December 31st of the current year to be eligible for consideration in the next voting cycle.
Similarly, independent artists, bandleaders, and record labels that desire to submit a polka recording for IPA Favorite CD and/or Favorite Song award consideration must submit a compact disc (CD) of the recording to the attention of: IPA Polka Music Awards Submission at the address above. A letter requesting IPA Favorite CD award consideration must accompany the CD and mailed so that it is postmarked by December 31, 2014. If the artist, bandleader, or record label wants to indicate a particular song for IPA Favorite Song award consideration, the letter must clearly indicate this. All recordings eligible for 2014 awards recognition must have been released during the 2014 calendar year (January 1 – December 31, 2014).
Download the IPA Polka Hall of Fame Nomination Form by clicking here: