THE FOUNDATION

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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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 $200 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:

2011

2012

2013

2014

2016

2017

and many Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)

 

Programs

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Bluegrass in the Schools

Foundation for Bluegrass Music believes strongly in passing bluegrass music along to the next generation of fans and musicians. One of our goals is to help educators (elementary – university level, including home schooling parents) to become more “bluegrass aware.”  Bluegrass music, a relatively new style of music (the classic sound jelled in the mid-‘40s with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys), is one of the very few musical genres to originate in the United States —so it has a roots music cultural value for American students in particular. Like jazz and blues, it’s also a valid style of music for teaching improvisational skills. | Click Here for More Information on Bluegrass in the Schools

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Discover Bluegrass DVD

Discover Bluegrass introduces young (and young at heart) viewers to an original, joyful and uniquely American genre of acoustic roots music. Six instructional units, each roughly 10 minutes in length, explore the history and evolution of bluegrass music, starting with its old-time music roots and continuing through contemporary styles. Demonstrations include a look at the unique vocal harmony structure used in bluegrass music, along with info on the instruments used and their roles within a band. | Click Here for More Information on The Discover Bluegrass DVD

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Bluegrass College Programs

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music works with institutions of higher education to encourage young bluegrass musicians to pursue bluegrass on a serious level. Here is a list of institutions with bluegrass programs.

Click here for more information on these programs

 

 

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Teacher Workshops

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music hosts teacher workshops each year with the goal of introducing bluegrass music to classroom and music teachers at all levels (including home schooling parents), by giving them practical lesson plans and tools to implement bluegrass music in the classroom. | Click Here for More Information on Teacher Workshops

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Artist Training

Are you in a touring or local band who is interested in sharing bluegrass with young people?  Foundation for Bluegrass Music offers half-day trainings located in various regions of the U.S., usually affiliated with major festivals or bluegrass association meetings—where artists will already be in attendance.  Event producers and association leaders interested in helping to develop bluegrass programs for local students are also welcome at these workshops. | Click Here for More Information on Artist Training

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Lesson Plans

Here you will find award-winning lesson plans you may use to incorporate bluegrass music into your classroom or home school.  They have been organized by content categories and grade levels in order to easily identify a lesson plan that fits your needs. | Click Here for More Information on Lesson Plans

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Teaching Manual

This manual is a resource for teachers seeking specific information about bluegrass music to present to a class and for bands/musicians interested in developing school programs. Included in this publication you will find specific program information about bluegrass music and a suggested presentation outline, along with funding development ideas and a list of written, DVD and internet program resources. | Click Here for More Information on The Teaching Manual

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Mini-Grants

Foundation for Bluegrass Music’s Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grants are made possible in part by a grant from The D’Addario Foundation for the Performing Arts with support from  J. D’Addario & Company, Inc. and D’Addario Strings. | Click Here for More Information on Mini-Grants

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Camps & Workshops

Listening to records, jamming, and occasionally seeing live bands – unless you were a part of the first generation of bluegrass players who were members of Bill Monroe’s or Flatt & Scruggs’ original bands, this is how players learned to play bluegrass years ago. Some of today’s stellar players recall their early learning experiences. | Click Here for More Information on Camps and Workshops

 


The Foundation for Bluegrass Music

4206 Gallatin Pk
Nashville, TN 37216 USA
Phone: 615-260-4807
Fax: 615-256-0450
Toll Free: 1-888-438-4262


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