A Brighter Future for Bluegrass

Are you someone who cares about bluegrass music because it’s had a powerful impact on your life? The IBMA Foundation makes it possible for us to work together to support the future of the music we love through philanthropy and planned giving.

Congratulations to the winners of the 3rd annual Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle, announded by the IBMA Foundation May 13.  Jayson Clark from New York won the 1967 vintage Martin D-35 guitar,  and Erin Webb from Oklahoma won the pair of hand made Louvin Brothers tribute cowboy boots. A video of the live-streamed raffle is on the IBMA Foundation Facebook page. Proceeds from the raffle will help support the Foundation’s mission to support the future of bluegrass music. Thanks to everyone who helped us get the word out about the fundraiser!

The IBMA Foundation helps individuals, organizations, foundations, and corporations work together in supporting the future of bluegrass music. In a nation and a world that is divided in so many ways, music can unite and heal us. Explore this website and learn about the interesting and important ways the IBMA Foundation is working to make a difference, with people just like you. Through grant-making, philanthropy and planned giving, we can make the world a better place by sharing bluegrass with future generations. Come join us!

Congratulations to the recipients of 2023 Arnold Shultz Fund grants and Project Grants!

2023 Arnold Shultz Fund grant recipients2023 IBMA Project Grant recipients

I feel fortunate to have grown up in a time and place where people were so supportive of those playing bluegrass music. Band members and fans became great friends. The IBMA Foundation is helping develop that same kind of music community now and for the future. The Foundation helps connect resources to programs and activities that involve our next generation of musicians. I am glad to partner with the Foundation by being a board member, donor and supporter! The IBMA Foundation is a great place to make a difference.

Ruth McLain

Adjunct professor & Musician, Morehead State University & The McLain Family Band

I choose to support the IBMA Foundation—and the Arnold Shultz Fund, in particular—because I believe that it’s important to continue investing in the future of this music and to deliberately cultivate opportunities for Black, Indigenous, and Persons of Color musicians to reclaim ownership over the traditions we hold dear. As a bluegrass educator, I believe that cultural sustainability is paramount, and that means that we need to do everything we can to make sure that bluegrass music is a safe and supportive environment for everyone, not just people who look like me.

Travis Stimeling, PhD

Associate Professor of Musicology & Director of WVU Bluegrass and Old-Time Bands, West Virginia University

I’ve been playing bluegrass since I discovered the San Diego Bluegrass Club as a 12-year-old. These days I wear several hats: co-founder of Compass Records, producer and, of course, banjo player. When I was learning to play, there were so many people who went out of their way to help me, from my biggest musical heroes to countless parking lot pickers. The “play it forward” spirit of our community is one of its great treasures and it is a privilege for me to be able to help up-and-coming players. Building community is key to the future of bluegrass music. What better way to do that than to support those who will play the music forward, through the 21st century and beyond?

Alison Brown

Co-Founder, Compass Records

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