IPA’s 3rd Annual Young Songwriter’s Competition – Cancelled

  The IPA regretfully announces that this year’s Young Songwriter’s Competition did not receive enough submissions in order to meet our minimum requirements for a fair competition. In so, we must unfortunately cancel this year’s competition. Thank you to the very talented composers who did submit their songs. We appreciate their efforts in submitting their original songs and urge them and others to submit again next year. The IPA’s mission is to promote polka music.…

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IPA Polka Show on the Polka Jammer Network

The International Polka Association’s Polka Show has moved to the Polka Jammer Network! Same familiar Sunday morning time slot:  11am central, 12pm eastern. but on a new internet based station:  The Polka Jammer Network! Click here for all of the details

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member Richard “Jersey Polka Richie” Drongoski

It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of 2021 International Polka Association Hall of Fame inductee; Richard “Jersey Polka Richie” Drongoski. Please keep the family and friends of Jersey Polka Richie in your thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.  Our deepest sympathies to all.  May he rest in peace. Click here for information on Services Click here to read Polka Richie’s IPA Hall of Fame biography

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Passing of IPA Hall of Fame Member: Bill Shibilski

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of IPA Hall of Fame member; Bill Shibilski. Bill was inducted into the International Polka Association Hall of Fame in 2020 for his outstanding dedication to polka music as a polka promoter and polka broadcaster for over 50 years. Our condolences and sympathies to Bill’s immediate family and his polka family throughout the country and beyond. May Bill rest in peace. IPA…

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The Passing of John “Foo” Furmaniak

It is with great sadness in our hearts that we announce the passing of 2013 International Polka Association Hall of Fame Member John “Foo” Furmaniak. John was the consummate professional when performing with many great polka bands in and around the Chicago area and beyond.  His accordion skills are second to none and have been admired by many. John had the fortune to perform on stage with IPA Hall of Fame members Marion Lush, Ted…

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Passing of 1982 Hall of Fame Member: “Happy Louie” Dusseault

                                                                            It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of 1982 IPA Hall of Fame Inductee; Louis George “Happy Louie” Dusseault. Happy Louie was one of the most dynamic and charismatic polka entertainers in the field.  The way Louie was able to connect with his fans on stage is legendary.  For the past several years, Louie had become debilitated due to…

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2021 IPA Polka Hall of Fame Inductees

On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are pleased to announce the following results of the annual voting cycle as determined by the national Academy of IPA Electors:  The 2021 IPA Polka Hall of Fame Selectees: LIVING CATEGORY:   Michael Costa Richard “Jersey Polka Richie” Drongoski DECEASED CATEGORY: Walter Procanyn PIONEER CATEGORY: Dr. William Lausche * * * * * * * *…

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2020 IPA Music Award Recipients

On behalf of the International Polka Association Board of Trustees and Hall of Fame Committee, the IPA Officers and Directors are proud to announce that the annual voting cycle conducted by the national Academy of IPA Electors just concluded. Here are the results for the 2020 IPA Music Awards winners: * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Favorite Polish Style Female Vocalist –…

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IPA 2021 Young Songwriter’s Competition – Winner & Runner up

2021 Winner and Runner Up Announced! Congratulations to Karen Guca and her song “One And Only” as the winner of the International Polka Association’s 2021 Young Songwriter’s competition! * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * Also; please congratulate Jenna Libera for securing second place for her song “Bruce’s Polka” * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A big congratulations…

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2021 Joe Jozwiak Award Co-Winner: Frank Napiwocki

  Frank Napiwocki and his wife Doris Many years ago, the late Joseph Jozwiak, a director of the IPA, made a suggestion that an award be bestowed upon an individual or group of individuals who have made a significant contribution or endeavor to enhance the promotion of polka music. After much discussion, the International Polka Association (IPA) voted to honor those worthy individuals with the establishment of the Special Achievement Award. To pay tribute to…

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