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

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The application deadline for the grant cycle every year is December 1. 

Click Here for info on the 2017 grant applications.

The Work of the Foundation

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

Grant Spotlight for November:

Walker Creek Music Camp

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Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)

Click Here to See 2016 Grant Recipients


Bluegrass in the Schools Mini Grants are for schools or other groups organizing “Bluegrass in the Schools” assemblies (generally $200 per school assembly)

Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grants

Foundation for Bluegrass Music’s Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grants are made possible in part by an endowment from the estate of Richard Charles Barnhart.

This application may be submitted for supplemental matching funding requests of up to $200 for educational in-school programs that present bluegrass music.

While the membership of Foundation for Bluegrass Music appreciates all forms of music related to bluegrass, including mountain music, old-time, early country, Cajun, blues and a host of other styles which influenced the development of bluegrass music, we must give priority to funding presentations with a central focus on bluegrass music. Live ensemble demonstrations are encouraged, along with a brief overview of the history and pioneers of bluegrass music, the instruments used and their role in a band, the vocal harmony structure used in bluegrass music and bluegrass music today.

In the “Brief Description of Presentation” field below, we’re looking for 75-150 words describing the program to be presented including major points it will cover and what instruments will be demonstrated.


Click here to download the application form for the Bluegrass in the Schools Mini Grants.

Please enclose artist program presentation materials with this application and mail to:

Foundation for Bluegrass Music
Bluegrass in the Schools Committee

4206 Gallatin Road
Nashville, TN 37216


Or you may fill it out electronically and email it to