The IBMA Foundation provides an efficient and effective means for individuals and organizations with a passion for bluegrass music to support a brighter future for bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving. Join us on FaceBook.

Our patrons

We are so grateful for the support of our patrons. Click here to see the list of our generous donors.

Two types of grants

Bluegrass Foundation Project Grants- (up to $2000 each) are designed to assist programs that align with the goals of the Foundation. 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 has proudly supported these worthwhile programs:


Annual Grant Winners:










and dozens of Mini-grants, funding live, educational presentations by bluegrass bands from around the world, at schools.

Making the future of bluegrass music brighter


Thanks for supporting the IBMA Foundation.
We appreciate your help in making the future of bluegrass music brighter for future generations through philanthropic giving!  

Here’s our current year-end report for July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019. Click here to see what we’ve been up to lately!

Click here to make a donation via PayPal,
OR here through our profile page with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.


  • Bluegrass is more than music. It is emergency assistance, philanthropy and music education, career development, and so much more. It is real impact for real people made possible by your support. Please donate now to the combined giving campaign of the IBMA, the IBMA Foundation, and the IBMA Trust Fund.  In addition to your donation, we want to know what bluegrass is to you. Share your own story by posting a video, picture, or statement on social media using #MoreThanMusic.
  • Click here to read the December 2019 issue of our monthly e-newsletter, The Cornerstone. Email our editor at for a free monthly subscription to The Cornerstone.
  • The IBMA Foundation announced the Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship in memory of the first female Blue Grass Boy!  Four $1000 scholarships will be awarded to young female bluegrass musicians headed to college for the fall semester of 2020. Click here for more info on the scholarship. Click here to download the application.
  • A fundraising campaign  has been launched for the new IBMA Bluegrass College  Scholarship to be awarded  the fall semester of 2021. The annual  scholarship is for young men or women who are studying bluegrass music on the college level or performing with a bluegrass ensemble.  ATTN, ALL BLUEGRASS RECORD LABELS!  The Mountain Fever Music Group has issued a challenge of $1000 to all other record labels, to help fund the first $10,000 of this scholarship so that an endowment may be established to fund the  annual scholarship. More info on the scholarship here. Email info@bluegrassfoundation if you would like to make a donation, or donate at the top of this page through PayPal.
  • Congratulations to Dr. Jordan Laney, the 2019 recipient of the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award, sponsored this year by Mary Tyler Doub, producer of the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. Read more here.
  • Click here to read about the 2019 IBMA Foundation grant recipients!

    The IBMA Foundation is the philanthropic organization that supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. We help donors create a legacy for future generations of musicians and fans by connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass music-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation.Suggested donations: annual gifts, estate plans, memorial contributions, one-time gifts, sponsorships

Here are just a few of the programs and events we have supported:  

  • Youth scholarships at the Monroe Mandolin Camp (TN)
  • The Junior Appalachian Musician (JAM) after school program in Morganton, NC
  • Guitars in the Classroom, based in CA, for the Reviving Music with Bluegrass Traditions in Clay County Schools project in VA
  • The Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy, at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Dale, NY
  • The Wintergrass Youth Orchestra, at the Wintergrass festival in Bellevue, WA
  • School tours at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY
  • Bluegrass college band showcases, a  bluegrass college educators luncheon and academic research themed seminars, all held during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC.
  • The Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award, the IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship (to launch fall 2021), and the Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship (fall 2020)
  • Annual grants to many more programs, as well as $300 mini-grants that help to fund dozens of in-school presentations by bluegrass bands from around the world, reaching thousands of students, grades K-12. 

All gifts – no matter the size – are acknowledged and are tax deductible as charitable donations. Consult your tax adviser for details on the benefits of charitable donations and estate planning. 

Help us make the future of bluegrass brighter with a gift to the IBMA Foundation!
Click here for 2019-20 SPONSORSHIP opportunities.

The IBMA Foundation
4206 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
Contact: Nancy Cardwell, Administrator
(615) 260-4807,