The IBMA Foundation makes it possible for individuals and organizations to support the future of bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving.

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Our Patrons

We are so grateful for the support of our patrons. Click here to see the list of our generous donors. 

Our two types of Grants

Annual Bluegrass Foundation grants- (up to $2000 each) are designed to assist programs that align with the goals of the Foundation. The deadline to apply: December 1. 


Bluegrass in the Schools Mini Grants- Schools or other groups organizing "Bluegrass in the Schools" assemblies should apply for a Mini Grant instead. (generally $300 per school assembly)


To download the appropriate forms for these two types of grants, click on the "Grant" tab at the top of our Home Page.

The Work of the Foundation

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music is proud to have donated to these worthwhile programs:


Annual Grant Winners:







and many Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)





NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE (October 1, 2016) — The Foundation for Bluegrass Music announced the four programs that will receive funding grants from the Foundation in 2016:

Screen Door Songwriting Alliance/Listen Up Brunswick County-Songwriting in the Schools

Songwriting is taught in group classes meeting twice a month in an underfunded group of counties of coastal NC. Louisa Branscomb in the mentor teacher channeling the diverse young songwriters incorporating a bluegrass style to write lyrics and music and move it through performance, record productions and pitching it to artists.

Walker Creek Music Camp Youth Scholarship Fund

Walker Creek Music Camp is attended by over 200 aspiring bluegrass and old time musicians mostly 40 years old and older twice a year. This grant will be used to give scholarships to children and young people that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the camp. Walker Creek Music Camp/ Northern California Bluegrass Society.

TAM-YAM Camp (Traditional Appalachian Musicians- Young Appalachian Musicians)

POSAM teaches young people to play Bluegrass with acoustic instruments in the traditional way, by ear. The grant will extend the after school program to a five day summer day camp for 8- 14 yr olds. The program currently serving 300 students in 13 after school and home school settings operates in three counties in SC. Preserving our Southern Appalachian Music, Inc. (POSAM)

The Beginning Bluegrass Program: Let’s get Jamming

Students 8-18 yrs old will participate in weekend class lessons followed by a practice jam session for 12 weeks. The program teaches the students in the Muncie IN area to sing and play on bluegrass instruments and then play it in the community. Burris Laboratory School.


The Foundation for Bluegrass Music

4206 Gallatin Pk
Nashville, TN 37216 USA
Phone: 615-256-3222
Fax: 615-256-0450
Toll Free: 1-888-438-4262