I think the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass is awesome. Noam Pikelny. Sammy Shelor. Fantastic. Appearances on Letterman. Descriptions in the New York Times. Great stuff for the music and the musicians. Not only the recipients but all of us who love the art form.
Since you are a wonderful clawhammer player and appreciator, I hope you and the board will consider formulating a prize for an outstanding old-time picker out there, too.
Sincerely and with appreciation,