Application Deadline

The application deadline
for the 2015 Grant Cycle
is August 1, 2014. 
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2013 Grants

“Bluegrass Innovator” Grant Recipients For 2013

Bluegrass Foundation grants for the coming year have been named in honor of two legendary contributors to the genre, both who passed away in 2012: banjo player Earl Scruggs, a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame; and California event producer Warren Hellman, a recipient of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award.

On September 27, 2012, the Board of Directors for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music announced that four projects will receive a total of $8,000 in grants in 2013.

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Discover Bluegrass DVD

Exploring American Roots Music

Discover Bluegrass DVDFor Educational Use Only in schools, associations, libraries and with home schooling families. Contact Foundation for Bluegrass Music for broadcast info

$5/each (for 1 or 2 DVDs, includes shipping)
$3/each plus actual shipping cost for orders of 3 or more DVDs

To order:
Call Nancy Cardwell at IBMA (888) 438-4262,

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. Individual lesson plans for each unit are included, designed to address educational performance standards. Hosted by rising bluegrass stars Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay, Discover Bluegrass presents the genre from a youthful perspective, complete with live interviews, performance footage, historic photos and songs from bluegrass music’s biggest stars—past, current and future!

VHS versions of this film also available.
$6/each (for 1 or 2 VHS, includes shipping)
$5/each plus actual shipping cost for orders of 3 or more VHS

Length of entire film: 67 minutes

Target age level: 8-13, grades 3-8

Download Lesson Plans for the DVD

I. The Roots of Bluegrass (10:28)
II. Early Bluegrass (11:33)
III. The Growth & Expansion of Bluegrass Music (11:30)
IV. Singing in Bluegrass Music (8:36)
V. Bluegrass Instruments (12:18)
VI. Bluegrass Music Today (11:00)

Hosts: Sierra Hull & Ryan Holladay

Featuring interviews & performance footage from The Andals; Sam Bush; The Chapmans; J.D. Crowe & the New South; Jerry Douglas; Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys; Bela Fleck; The Del McCoury Band with Vince Gill; The David Grisman Quintet; Hot Rize; Alison Krauss + Union Station; The Malpass Family; Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys; Jim & Jesse McReynolds; Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys; Muleskinner; Nickel Creek; Old & In the Gray; The Osborne Brothers; The Peasall Sisters; The Reeltime Travelers; Don Reno; Peter Rowan; The Seldom Scene; The Shankmans; Ricky Skaggs; The Special Consensus; Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys; Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and more!

Produced by: Greg Cahill & Nancy Cardwell

Written & Directed by: Steve Parry & Eric Farnaus, Image Base, Chicago, Ill.

Original Script written by: Jack Tottle

Lesson Plans: Tom Kopp, Ph.D.
(In the DVD version, you can download and print lesson plans for all six units!)

Major funding provided by the membership of IBMA, Bluegrass Unlimited, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the California Bluegrass Association, the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association and the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association.

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