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
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ATTN: Contributions are being accepted for an Arnold Shultz Fund of the IBMA Foundation. Proceeds will be used to support activities increasing the participation of persons of color in bluegrass music. This might include scholarships, awards, or projects. An advisory committee will be established. For more info, please contact the IBMA Foundation at info@bluegrassfoundation.org.

The IBMA Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship has been announced for fall of 2020, deadline to apply July 1 – Info HERE 

The deadline to apply for the Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship for female bluegrass musicians was June 1 (postmark or email). All applicants will be contacted in June, 2020. Applications will be open for next year’s scholarship in spring 2021. Big thanks to our donors, and to the talented women who made videos to help promote this scholarship! More info: HERE. 

Thanks for supporting the IBMA Foundation. 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.

NEWS: 

  • Click here to read the June 1, 2020 issue of our monthly e-newsletter, The Cornerstone. Email our editor at info@bluegrassfoundation.org for a free monthly subscription.
  • 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. Email info@bluegrassfoundation for more info. 
  • The IBMA Foundation has been awarded a $3500 educational grant from The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, to fund “Utilizing American Roots Music–Bluegrass in the Classroom” workshops for teachers in Bedford and Coffee counties in Bell Buckle, TN. The April 25, 2020 date was postponed, due to COVID-19. Stay tuned for the fall 2020 date TBA soon.
  • The Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship has been established by the IBMA Foundation 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. Please consider joining our supporters: Alison Brown, Tom Brown (composer of “Fat Shirley’s: A Trailer Park Opera,”) Cathy Fink, Murphy Hicks Henry, Lorraine Jordan, Maria Nadauld, Donald Wermuth, two anonymous donors, and more!

    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. 

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