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)

 

Bluegrass in the Schools

The 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.

Perhaps more so than most other genres, bluegrass music connects students to a larger, multi-generational community of musicians and fans who love the music.  Learning to play a bluegrass instrument is usually a life skill—something that folks continue to do for a number of years after they leave high school music programs.

The “Bluegrass in the Schools” program includes:

  • A 67-minute educational DVD, Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, complete with downloadable lesson plans for each of six units, targeting students age 8-13 (Prices: $5/each (for 1 or 2 DVDs, includes shipping)
    $3/each plus actual shipping cost for orders of 3 or more DVDs) For educational purposes only.
  • Teacher Workshops held in conjunction with major bluegrass festivals across the country, to give educators the tools to utilize bluegrass music in the classroom.
  • Matching $200 Mini-Grants to help fund live, educational presentations of bluegrass music for students
  • A variety of local programs implemented by our members, including: bluegrass camps and workshops at festivals, after school bluegrass clubs, two-week artist in residency programs where a bluegrass band works with orchestra students who already play stringed instruments, special bluegrass-related lesson plans and units planned during the school day, and live educational presentations from touring bands at school assemblies.
  • An online Bluegrass in the Schools Implementation Manual

For more info on Foundation for Bluegrass Music’s Bluegrass in the Schools program, contact the IBMA office

(615) 256-3222, 888-GET-IBMA or

email        Nancy Cardwell- Foundation Administrator nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com