Annual Grants given in 2014
1. Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Serving JAM programs across Appalachia
The funds will be used to help provide support and materials to 28 or more traditional youth music programs throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. JAM is an after school program model that teaches traditional music and dance to over 1.000 students each year.
2. West Virginia University Foundation on behalf of the WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music West Virginia University Bluegrass and Old-Time Instruction
WVU School of Music offers private and group instruction to under grad and grad students. The funds will be used to purchase quality intermediate instruments for students who do not have access to bluegrass and old-time instruments and for a public address equiptment for public performances.
3. Toe River Arts Council, Inc. Bringing Bluegrass Back Home
This after and in school program provides local youths in seven Mitchell and Yancey schools in NC to learn the basics of playing Appalachian string instruments. Taught by seasoned professionals, the instruction will demonstrate the connection of the music from their region to the sounds of modern bluegrass.
4. Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Bands WPHS bluegrass bands sound system
The funds requested along with additional funds collected through performances and donations will be used to purchase a sound system so the WPHS bands can bring their music to northern WV, eastern Ohio and western PA. This after school bluegrass club instructs High School students on how to play in a bluegrass band. It is one of the most successful and longest running program of it’s kind any where in the world.