HAPPY BIRTHDAY Kitsy Kuykendall born, June 29, 1938 affectionately dubbed “Queen Kitsy” by musicians and fans alike, Ms. Kuykendall, a founding member of IBMA, has actively promoted and supported bluegrass for more than 40 years. In the 1970s and ‘80s she served as co-chair for fundraising and on the advisory board of American University’s WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. She has been closely involved with the promotion of the internationally renowned publication Bluegrass Unlimited since the 1980s. For four years, she was assistant producer of Fan Fest, IBMA’s 60-act annual weekend music festival, and served as its chair for five years; she also chaired ROMP, a major fundraiser for the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM). Ms. Kuykendall has served on the IBMA Board of Directors, the IBMM Board of Trustees (including two years as chair), and currently serves on the board for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.
“I firmly believe that Kitsy has been one of the most visible and prominent supporters of bluegrass music throughout these many years of volunteering her time and energy to the never-ending quest to grow and promote the music,” said Greg Cahill, president of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, in his nomination letter.