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IBMA Foundation 2021-2022 Year End Report

We’ve had a strong year at the IBMA Foundation. Over 440 donors shared in our work, with contributions totaling $329,811. In a season of continued uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, we are more grateful than ever for the bluegrass music community and for those who choose to help us build a brighter future for bluegrass.

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Fletcher Bright Memorial Grant report

Fletcher Bright Memorial Grant report

From Bayla Davis, age 14, recipient of a 2022 Fletcher Bright Memorial Grant for Young Musicians:   I loved the  camp! I really enjoyed Kristin Scott Benson’s class because she taught me a whole lot about the three-finger style. I could only play...

Project grant reports from N Carolina and Tennessee

Project grant reports from N Carolina and Tennessee

From Joni Ray, executive director of the Ashe County Arts Council, the recipient of a 2022 IBMA Foundation project grant: The 2022 Ola Belle Songwriters Retreat was held April 8 – 10, 2022 at the Ashe Civic Center and Ashe Arts Center in West Jefferson, NC....

Bluegrass college bands to showcase Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Bluegrass college bands to showcase Sept. 30 – Oct. 1

Be sure to join us Friday and Saturday, Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Youth Stage in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina, for the IBMA Foundation’s annual Bluegrass College Band Showcase. We are honored to spotlight emerging bluegrass talent from a diverse group of colleges...

Apply for project and Shultz Fund grants Dec. 1, Jan 31

Apply for project and Shultz Fund grants Dec. 1, Jan 31

Applications for project grants awarded by the IBMA Foundation are due December 1, 2022. The Foundation awards around $20,000 in project grants annually to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)(3) status or qualified governmental agencies such as public schools...

A World of Bluegrass message from Nancy Cardwell

It’s September. In my part of the world, the weather begins to be tolerable again and I start whistling fiddle tunes and Christmas carols. For the worldwide bluegrass community, this month brings World of Bluegrass (link to worldofbluegrass.org) week, hosted Sept. 27...

Consider a gift of life insurance

Help the IBMA Foundation thrive with a gift of life insurance. If you have a life insurance policy that has outlasted its original purpose, consider making a gift of your insurance policy to the Foundation. You will not only support a cause you care about, but also...

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