Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Fame Member: Michael Nowakowski

                  It is with deep sadness that we report the passing of International Polka Association Hall of Fame member Michael Nowakowski. Mike was inducted into the I.P.A. Hall of Fame in 2004, credited not only as a fine musician, but also as the President and Executive Producer of…

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5th Annual I.P.A. Fundraiser – Texas

Please join our friends from the state of Texas as they celebrate January as “Polka Music Month” by holding their 5th annual International Polka Association fundraiser on Sunday, January 18th, 2020! Here are all of the details . . .  

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I.P.A. Hall of Fame Benefit Dance 2020 – Ludlow, MA

Please join the International Polka Association in Ludlow, Massachusetts the weekend of March 7th and 8th 2020 as we present our 15th Annual I.P.A. Hall of Fame Benefit dance weekend.   This year honoring the career and achievements of I.P.A. Hall of Fame member Eddie Guca of Toronto Canada.  Click here…

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member Dean Hansen

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Famer Dean Hansen. Dean was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2016. Our deepest sympathies to all of Dean’s Family and Friends. Click here for Dean’s obituary & service details Click here…

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Passing of Former IPA Director – Bonnie Ryniec

It is with deep sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of former I.P.A. Director Bonnie Ryniec. Bonnie fought a strong, hard battle versus cancer and gave it her all.  We love you Bonnie, and will miss your laughter and beautiful smile.  Condolences to James “Whitey” Ryniec, Angela…

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IPA Polka Music Awards Submission Process

    IPA Polka Music Awards Notice Please follow the links below to submit nominations for the various International Polka Association music award categories:   IPA Music Awards Eligibility Requirements   IPA Music Awards Submission Forms    

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2019 Leon Kozicki Trustees Award – Jim Sajkowicz

Over the years, the IPA Polka Hall of Fame and Music Awards processes have rightfully recognized deserving polka musicians who attained prominence in the polka industry for their musical achievements that helped promote polka music and broaden its audience. Because of their highly visible roles, bandleaders or “front men and…

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2019 Joe Jozwiak Award Winner: Sally Rzeszutko

Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, proposed an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of individuals who made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. Originally named the Special Achievement Award, the International Polka Association voted to…

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I.P.A. Festival Ad Book and Well Wishers

Please support the I.P.A. by purchasing an ad to congratulate the award winners and Hall of Fame inductees. Additionally, you can honor  loved ones who are no longer with us but are still in your loving memory. Advertising your business is another great way to support the IPA as well.…

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Passing of I.P.A. Hall of Famer: Ray Dorschner

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Famer Ray Dorschner. Ray was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1996. Our deepest sympathies to all of Ray’s Family and Friends. Click here for the link to Ray’s Hall of Fame Biography  

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Passing of I.P.A. Chaplain Fr. Phil Grib

It is with deep sadness that we announce the passing of the International Polka Association’s long time Chaplain; Father Phil Grib. Visitation will be on Saturday February 16, 2019 at St Eugene Church – 7958 W Foster, Chicago, Illinois. 9:30am – 10:45am Mass to follow at 11am Rest In Peace…

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2018 Song of the Year Submissions

The International Polka Association’s Hall of Fame Committee would like to share the “Song of the Year” candidates for 2018. * * * * * * * * * * The “Song of the Year” awards will be presented at the 51st Annual I.P.A. Festival and Convention in Buffalo, NY.…

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