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Awards & Recognition

2021 Awards & Recognition

USA TODAY
10Best Readers’ Choice 

  • Best Pop Culture Museum
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum – Voted #1

Tennessee Arts Commission
Tennessee Governor’s Arts Leadership Award

  • Birthplace of Country Music

Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Award of Excellence, Educational Programming
    Museum at Home webpage (with Real Folk special exhibit virtual tour)
  • Award of Excellence, Special Recognition
    Infectious Disease Prevention and Safety Plan
  • Award of Excellence, Publications: Newsletter
    Volunteer Newsletter
  • Award of Excellence, Podcast
    Museum Talk with Rene & Scotty

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

  • Pinnacle Award, Attraction of the Year
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Pinnacle Award, Best Virtual Event
    Celebrate Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Live Stream Weekend
  • Pinnacle Award, Best Virtual Series
    Radio Bristol Book Club
  • Pinnacle Award, Best Long Video
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Celebrating 20 Years

Bristol Herald Courier
Best of Bristol 2021

  • Best Art Gallery/Museum
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2020

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

  • Pinnacle Award, Tourism Leader of the Year
    Leah Ross, Executive Director
  • Pinnacle Award, Advertising and Promotions
    Long Video – Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2019 Recap
  • Pinnacle Award, Advertising and Promotions
    Short Video – Ken Burns on the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Southeast Tourism Society

  • Top 20 Festival & Event
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

YWCA Northeast Tennessee & Southwest Virginia

  • Tribute to Women
    Dr. René Rodgers, Head Curator, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Award of Excellence, Educational Programming
    Radio Bristol Book Club
  • Award of Excellence, Volunteerism
    Alisa Dishner

Virginia Living Magazine
Best of Virginia 2020

  • Best Non-Food Festival, Southwest Virginia
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Best Museum, Southwest Virginia
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2019

American Bus Association

  • Best of the Best, Culture
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Award of Excellence, Educational Programming
    For All the World to See: Visual Culture and the Struggle for Civil Rights
  • Award of Excellence, Special Event
    90th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions special event

Bristol Herald Courier
Best of Bristol 2019

  • Best Art Gallery/Museum – 2nd Place
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Discover Bristol
Pineapple Awards

For front line staff and volunteers who go above and beyond to enrich a visitor’s experience in Bristol

  • Mary Geiger, Docent, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • June Marshall, Asst. Mgr., Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Terry Napier, Volunteer, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Southeast Tourism Society

  • Top 20 Festival & Event
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

  • Pinnacle Award, Attraction of the Year
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Best Public Relations Campaign
    The Long Road Festival (United Kingdom)
  • Advertising and Promotions: Rack Card
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Advertising and Promotions: TV Commercial
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion TV Spot
  • Pinnacle Award, Advertising and Promotions: Direct Mail
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum Motorcoach Postcard

Virginia Living Magazine
Best of Virginia 2019

  • Best Family Entertainment, Southwest Virginia
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Best Music Venue, Southwest Virginia
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Best Museum, Southwest Virginia
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2018

Virginia Commission for the Arts
50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Awards

  • Exemplary Programs & Pinnacle Events
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association
Pinnacle Awards

  • Attraction of the Year
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Best Event or Festival
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Advertising & Promotions
    2017 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Video
    Birthplace of Country Music
  • Marketing & Public Relations
    90th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions
    Birthplace of Country Music

Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Award of Excellence, Web Page
    Listen While I Tell: From Bristol’s Birthplace of Country Music & Beyond (Birthplace of Country Music Blog)
  • Award of Excellence, Special Event
    90th Anniversary of the 1927 Bristol Sessions Special Event

International Festivals & Events Association
Pinnacle Awards

  • Best Event Video Promotion, Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement, Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Guide
  • Best Emergency Preparedness & Risk Management Plan for an Event, Silver
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Southeast Tourism Society

  • Top 20 Festival & Event
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Southeast Tourism Society
Shining Example Awards

  • Best Marketing Campaign
    Birthplace of Country Music 90th Anniversary Celebration

Virginia Restaurant, Lodging, Travel Association
Charlie Buser Award

  • Travel Attraction Employee of the Year
    Tracey Childress, Executive Assistant, Birthplace of Country Music

Discover Bristol

  • Pineapple Award
    Tracey Childress, Executive Asssistant, Birthplace of Country Music

Virginia Living Magazine
Best of Virginia 2018

  • Best Art Event, Southwest Virginia
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Best Family Entertainment, Southwest Virginia
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Best Museum, Southwest Virginia
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Best “Do Not Miss” Tourist Attraction, Southwest Virginia
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Bristol Herald Courier
Best of Bristol 2018

  • Best Art Gallery/Museum
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2017

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

  • Pinnacle Award, Special Projects
    “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life On Stage” Special Exhibit, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Pinnacle Award, Judges Choice
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Artist Reveal Video
  • Pinnacle Award, Advertising & Promotions
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Artist Reveal Video
  • Pinnacle Award, Public Relations (Shared with Bristol Motor Speedway & Bristol Convention & Visitors Bureau)
    Integrated Public Relations for the World’s Largest College Football Game, Battle At Bristol
  • Merit Award, Advertising & Promotions
    Birthplace of Country Music Branding Video
  • Merit Award, Advertising & Promotions
    Birthplace of Country Music :30 Second Commercial

Southeast Festivals & Events Association

  • Kaleidoscope Award: Silver
    Best Social Media Marketing Campaign

    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
    Best TV Ad or PSA
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Best TV Ad or PSA
  • Kaleidoscope Award: Bronze
    Best Festival or Event Video

    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
    Best Event Program
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
    Best Promotional Poster
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia
Addy Awards

  • Out of Home Ambient Media—Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Poster
  • Elements of Advertising, Film & Video—Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Lineup Video
  • Sales & Marketing Sales Promotion Packaging—Silver
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Wristband Box

American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee
Addy Awards

  • Film Video Sound, Online Film —Silver
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Video Campaign

2016

International Festival & Events Association

  • Grand Pinnacle: Bronze
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Silver, Best Newspaper Insert/Supplement
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Guide

Southeast Tourism Society

  • Top 20 Event/Best Festival
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

American Association for State and Local History

  • Leadership in History Award
    Permanent Exhibits

Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Award of Excellence, Temporary Exhibits
    “Tennessee Ernie Ford: A Life on Stage”
  • Award of Excellence, A/V Exhibit Component
    WBCM Radio Bristol station

Southeastern Museums Conference
Excellence in Exhibition Competition

  • Gold Award of Excellence, Permanent Gallery Installations
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Northeast Tourism Association

  • Pinnacle Award, Best In Show
    Interactive Exhibit at the Bristol Virginia Welcome Center
  • Pinnacle Award, Advertising & Promotions
    Orthophonic Joy Music CD
  • Pinnacle Award, Public Relations
    Public Relations Campaign for Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited Album Release
  • Pinnacle Award, Special Events
    Economic Impact of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Pinnacle Award, Special Projects
    Interactive Exhibit at the Bristol Virginia Welcome Center
  • Pinnacle Award, Volunteer
    Keith Liskey

American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee
Addy Awards

  • Video Any Length – Silver / Judges Choice
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015 Recap Video
  • Product or Service Sales Promotion Campaign – Gold
    Orthophonic Joy: Country Music History Born Again

American Advertising Federation of Southwest Virginia
Addy Awards

  • Specialty Advertising – Gold
    Birthplace of Country Music Unbroken Circle Jewelry Line
  • Out-of-Home Installation – Gold
    Birthplace of Country Music Interactive Exhibit at Bristol Virginia Welcome Center

2015

British Guild of Travel Writers

  • Highly Commended Award
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

International Festivals & Events Association

  •  Promotional Poster – Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Poster

American Bus Association

  •  Top 100 Events in North America
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Southeastern Museums Conference

  • Technology Competition, Gallery Installations – Silver
    Making Music Gallery, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Technology Competition, Media Production – Gold
    Greasy Strings Theater, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

American Alliance of Museums

  • Publications Design Competition
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Poster

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

  • Pinnacle Award, Best of Show
    Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Pinnacle Award, Special Events 
    Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Pinnacle Award, Special Projects 
    Birthplace of Country Music – The Carter Family Lives and Legacies Special Exhibit
  • Pinnacle Award, Advertising and Promotions 
    Advertising and Promotions for the Birthplace of Country Music Campaign (2014)
  • Pinnacle Award, Public Relations Merit 
    Media Day – Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tennessee Association of Museums

  • Past President’s Award of Excellence
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Award of Excellence, Permanent Exhibit
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Award of Excellence, Temporary Exhibit
    “Carter Family: Lives and Legacies” Special Exhibit
  • Award of Excellence, A/V Exhibit Component
    Music Mixing Station, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Award of Commendation, Films
    Chapel Film, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Tri-Cities Associated General Contractors of Tennessee

  • Project of the Year
    BurWil Construction Company, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Architect of the Project of the Year
    Peyton Boyd, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

American Advertising Federation of Northeast Tennessee
Addy Awards

  • Best of Show – Overall
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum – Grand Opening Poster
  • Best of Show – Print
    2014 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Campaign
  • Judge’s Choice
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Poster
  • Sales Promotion, Packaging, Single Unit – Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Weekend Pass Gift Box
  • Collateral Material, Poster, Single Unit – Gold
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Poster
  • Collateral Material, Special Event Material – Gold
  • Birthplace of Country Music Museum Grand Opening Event Invitation
  • Collateral Material, Poster, Campaign – Gold
    2015 Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Campaign

Southeast Tourism Society

  • Top 20 Event
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Virginia Living
Best of Virginia 2015

  •  Best Museum/Gallery, Southwest Virginia
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Bristol Herald Courier
Best of Bristol 2015

  • Best Museum / Gallery
    Birthplace of Country Music Museum

2014

Television, Internet and Video Association of DC (TIVA-DC)

  • Peer Gold Award for Documentary (Under 30 Minutes)
    “Bound to Bristol” film, Birthplace of Country Music Museum
  • Motion Graphics – 2D/3D Animation 
    “I Was There” film, Birthplace of Country Music Museum

Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association

  • Best of Show
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Pinnacle Award, Special Events
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Pinnacle Award, Public Relations
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Pinnacle Merit Award, Print and Multi-Media Advertising & Promotions
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol Mayors’ Award of Distinction

  • Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Southeast Festivals & Events Association

  • Kaleidoscope Award, Best Festival – Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion
  • Kaleidoscope Award, Best Poster – Gold
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Justin Helton
  • Kaleidoscope Award, Best Digital Media App – Silver
  • Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, CrowdTorch
  • Kaleidoscope Award, Best Event Program – Silver
    Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Festival Guide, Cindy Collier & Kenny Thacker

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