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 IBMA Foundation is proud to have donated to these worthwhile programs:


Annual Grant Winners:







and many Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)



Thanks to our kind supporters in 2017-2018!

LEGACY LEVEL (cumulative lifetime gifts to Foundation of $100,000+)
The Richard Barnhart Estate

ANGELS ($10,000 and more)

MULTI-PLATINUM LEVEL ($5,000-$9,999)
Peggy Taylor Cabe, in memory of her mother, Barbara Bremmer Taylor
Malcomb Edwards, in memory of his father, Harry Edwards
The Relglaf Foundation

PLATINUM LEVEL ($1000-$4999)
Fred & Joy Bartenstein
Sam Blumenthal
Bob Jeannin
Network for Good
Peter Salovey
Richard Spratt

GOLD LEVEL ($750-$999)
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SILVER LEVEL ($500-$749)
Richie Brown
Donald Cohen
Dan Dorschel
Mike & Yvonne Tatar
Jeffrey Tingey
Wendy & Tom Tyner

PATRON ($100-$499)

Curtis & Ruth Burch, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Susan Carson
Emily Creech, in memory of Phillip McDowell
Pamela H Durham
Wanda Dwyer
John Fitts, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Nelson O. Fitts, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Norman Gordon
Holly Gregory
Kitsy Kuykendall
Sharon Mutter, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Tessa, The Intersection
Bill Knowlton
David Macemon
MaryKay Marks
Ruth McLain
Virginia Mills
Sharon Mutter, in memory of Leo Fernandez
David D. Nesbit
Ron Raxter
Peter Salovey
Jody & Patsy Sloan, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Willis Werter

…PLUS many more donors in the $20-99 range. We appreciate you all!

Our gratitude is also extended to the following members of our LEGACY SOCIETY who have included The IBMA Foundation in their estate planning/wills:
The late Richard Barnhart
Fred Bartenstein
The late Harry Edwards
The late Barbara Bremmer Taylor
Tom Thorpe
Bob Webster
Nancy Cardwell Webster

Note: If we have accidentally left your name off the list or listed you in the wrong level, please let us know.

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