The IBMA Foundation is proud to announce the launch of a new website at this month. “I am really pleased with the Foundation’s beautiful new website,” said IBMA Foundation president/board chair, Fred Bartenstein. “There’s lots of interesting information and any lover of bluegrass will enjoy exploring it.”

“The home page opens with a photo taken by Tara Linhardt of a long line of young musicians, instruments in hand, waiting to perform on the main stage at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in Oak Hill, New York,” said IBMA Foundation executive director, Nancy Cardwell. “Our website designer, Elle Smith, picked this photo and I like the message it represents. Our mission is to share bluegrass music with future generations and here they are in this photo from the 2018 Grey Fox Bluegrass Academy for Kids, waiting for us to mentor and teach and put music into their hands and hearts that will hopefully enrich their lives for many years to come.”   

Along with info on the Foundation’s mission, story, leadership, and ways to help support the organization’s efforts, several resources are included. Visitors can learn more about project grants, Bluegrass in the Schools mini-grants, three college scholarships, an award for academic scholarship, and the Arnold Shultz Fund, established to encourage more participation by people of color in bluegrass. The latter page also includes links to articles written about Shultz.

The “Resources” section includes the video chapters and lesson plans for the Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music DVD, along with a list of bluegrass workshops and camps, a database of bluegrass college programs, info on teacher workshops, the new “Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle” coming in 2021, our annual bluegrass college band showcase at World of Bluegrass, and even a bluegrass coloring book for our young friends.  

The 2019-20 year-end report may be found in the “News” section, along with posts from the most recent articles from our monthly enewsletter, The Cornerstone. There’s also a link to the most recent newsletter, and a link to subscribe.  

Many thanks to the IBMA Foundation Marketing/Communications Task Force headed by Kissy Black, designer Elle Smith, the photographers and videographers whose work is featured, content mover and project wrangler Nancy Cardwell, content editor Fred Bartenstein, and Gerald Jones, who hosts the current site on his server and designed the original Foundation website with former board member Jed Malischke 12 years ago. 

Click here to go back to the November 2020 issue of The Cornerstone.