The IBMA Foundation 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 $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 is proud to have donated to these worthwhile programs:


Annual Grant Winners:










and many Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)


Building the Future of Bluegrass Music

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

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

NEWS: 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 the August 2019 issue of our monthly e-newsletter, The Cornerstone. Email our editor at for a free monthly subscription to The Cornerstone!

Click here to read about the 2019 IBMA Foundation grant recipients!

What is the IBMA Foundation?

Created in 2007, the IBMA Foundation is a non-profit charitable organization (501c3) created to serve as an umbrella under which funds can be placed and disbursed to support bluegrass music-related educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities of public benefit.

Suggested donations
• annual gifts
• estate plans
• memorial contributions
• one-time gifts

Donations may be designated to create or sustain a particular program or may be unrestricted. By combining your donation with the gifts of others, the legacy of bluegrass music and your contribution grows and has an even greater impact.

Some examples of programs that can grow under this umbrella:
• Bluegrass in the Schools (grants, teacher workshops, lesson plan competitions, other resources)
• Academic conferences
• Literary works and related efforts
• Public artistic presentations of an educational nature
• Historic preservation
• And other works of a charitable nature.

Frequently Asked Question–
How is the Foundation different from other non-profit bluegrass organizations

  • The IBMA Foundation raises, manages and distributes funds to ensure the future of bluegrass music through educational, literary, artistic, historic preservation, and related activities.
  • The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) educates, connects, and empowers bluegrass professionals while raising the appreciation of bluegrass music worldwide.
  • The IBMA Trust Fund offers financial assistance to bluegrass music professionals in times of emergency need.
  • The Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum, located in Owensboro, Kentucky, collects, displays, and interprets the history of bluegrass music and houses the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

Here are just a few of the programs and events the IBMA Foundation has supported:  

  • The Folk School, a service of 88.1 KDHX, for its Bluegrass in the Schools Program of Classes, Jams, and Workshops in St. Louis MO
  • The Cowan Community Action Group for the extension of its after school program “Passing the Pick and Bow” in Whitesburg, KY
  • The Student bluegrass bands at Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, WV
  • The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail for The Crooked Road’s Artist Roster & School Performance Program
  • 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
  • IBMA Youth Jamming Room at World of Bluegrass Week in Raleigh, NC
  • School tours at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY
  • The John Wynn College Scholarship, at the Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society in Springfield, MO
  • Bluegrass College Band Showcases, the Foundation for Bluegrass Music Higher Education Forum, and a Bluegrass College Symposium Luncheon, all held during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week in Raleigh, NC.
  • Grants to many more programs, as well as $300 mini-grants that help to fund dozens of live, in-school bluegrass presentations by regional and national bands reaching thousands of students, grades K-12. 


CLICK HERE to Make a Donation to the IBMA Foundation via our page with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee.

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. 

Make a commitment today to “play the music forward” with a gift to the IBMA Foundation! 

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