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The Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation Board accepts nominations for its Outstanding Achievement Award in Ragtime annually.  The award is presented to the person(s) or organization that has made exceptional contributions to performance, research, support, education, or advancement of the ragtime genre.
​     Nominee submissions should include letters of recommendation, a list of accomplishments, and contact information for the nominee.  We will also need the contact information for the person submitting the nomination. 
     Submissions should be sent to the Scott Joplin Ragtime Foundation at PO Box 1244, Sedalia MO 65302 or via email to SJFsedalia@gmail.com .  The deadline for 2024 submissions is March 15, 2024.  The recipient of the award will be announced at this year's Festival.
      The award began in 1989 in order to honor those who work to preserve and keep ragtime music and its history alive.  Past recipients are not eligible for nomination.  Below is a list of award recipients:

2023 - Tom Brier
​2022 - Penny & Michael Schwarz  AND Fred Hoeptner (2 Awards Presented)
2021 - Mimi Blais
2020 - Bryan Cather
2019 - Peter Lundberg
​2018 - Jerry & Mary Grace Lanese​
2017 - Lucille Salerno
​2016 - Bill Edwards
​2015 – Janice Clear
2014 – Tex Wyndham
2013 – Johnny Maddox
2012 – Patricia Lamb Conn
2011 – Helen & David “Smiley” Wallace
2010 – Sue Keller
2009 – Jim Radloff
2008 – Richard Berry
2007 – Scott Joplin Festival Founders:
            Dorothy Kitchen, Kathryn Rayford, Jake Siragusa, and Harlan Snow
​2006 – David Reffkin
​2005 – Jack Rummel
​2004 - Nora Hulse
​2003 - Michael Schwimmer
2002 – St. Louis Ragtimers

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