Applications for project grants awarded by the IBMA Foundation are due December 1, 2020. The Foundation awards $1,000 – $2,000 grants annually to nonprofit organizations with a 501(c)3 status or qualified governmental agencies such as public schools and colleges. Funded projects may begin after notification in mid-January and must be completed in time to submit a final report by November 30, 2021.

IBMA Foundation project grants were awarded to the following recipients in 2020:

  • The Acoustic Music Seminar, at the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia
  • The Ballard High School Fiddlers, in Seattle, Washington
  • Bluegrass Day Camp for Kids, at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, Wisconsin
  • IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass program, held in Nashville, Tennessee
  • “A Life of Sorrow: The Life & Times of Carter Stanley,” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Kindergarten Bludovice: Bluegrass to Kindergarten, in the Czech Republic
  • Stokes Junior Mountain Music and 3rd Saturday Grass, in Danbury, North Carolina
  • The Yadkin Junior Appalachian Musicians, an afterschool program in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

The IBMA Foundation is the philanthropic organization that supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. The Foundation helps donors create a legacy for future generations by connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation. 

Click here to download the grant application form. For more info, go to, email, or call (615) 260-4807. We would love to hear from you!

Return to the November 2020 issue of The Cornerstone.