THE IBMA FOUNDATION

The IBMA Foundation 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. 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

IBMA 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:

 

Project Grant Recipients:

2020

2019

2018

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

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

A brighter future for bluegrass
Click here to make a donation via PayPal, or mail to:

IBMA Foundation, 4206 Gallatin Pk, Nashville, TN 37216.

Dec. 1, 2020 is the deadline to apply for IBMA Foundation project grants. Read about it here.

The IBMA Foundation announces The Arnold Shultz Fund to encourage participation by people of color in bluegrass music. READ MORE.

Thanks for your support! We appreciate your help in making the future of bluegrass music brighter for the next generation, through philanthropic giving!  Click here to make a donation via PayPal, OR here through our profile page with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Click here to read our July 1, 2019 – June 30, 2020 year-end report. 

NEWS: 

  • Click here to read the October 1, 2020 issue of our monthly e-newsletter, The Cornerstone. Email our editor at info@bluegrassfoundation.org for a free monthly subscription.
  • Have you heard about the Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship?  Click here for info and please consider joining our supporters! HERE’s a link to a composite promo video for the Forrester scholarship, featuring some of the brightest stars in the bluegrass music world. Recipient announcement HERE.
  • The new Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship is also being awarded this fall to one recipient.  Info here on the scholarship.  Announcement HERE.
  • The new IBMA Bluegrass College  Scholarship will be awarded  the fall semester of 2021 to a person studying bluegrass music on the college level or performing with a bluegrass ensemble. Please consider joining our supporters: Katy Daley, Mountain Fever Music Group, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, and Alan Tompkins with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation!  More info here. 

    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, and gifts to scholarship endowments. 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!

The IBMA Foundation
4206 Gallatin Pike
Nashville, TN 37216
Contact: Nancy Cardwell, Executive Director
(615) 260-4807, Info@BluegrassFoundation.org