The drawing for the last available carbon fiber Z Mandolin and a new Calton Case is less than two weeks away! Get your raffle tickets now and plan to join us for the live-stream drawing at noon ET on Friday, May 14, at the IBMA Foundation Facebook page. I hope you win!

Do you know what Sam Bush, Valerie Smith, Danny Roberts, Chris Hillman, Bill Lestock, Brent Hopper, Billy Boone Smith, Casey Campbell, Sonya Isaacs, Dewey Brown, and Giri & Uma Peters have in common? These are the folks who test drove the Z Mandolin and helped us promote this fundraiser for the IBMA Foundation with their videos, photos, and even a live-streaming concert (thanks, Casey!). Thanks so much to all who are helping to get the word out at and to raffle ringleaders Laurie Greenberg and Kissy Black! And huge thanks to Lee Zapis at Z Mandolins and the folks at Calton Cases, who donated our grand prize, valued at $5,000.

In this month’s issue of The Cornerstone you’ll hear about a new college scholarship sponsored by the Crandall Creek band in West Virginia. You’ll be invited to participate in the Big PayBack with our friends at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. There’s a profile one of our most faithful supporters, Vickie Vaughn. Learn about a new release from the Infamous Stringdusters that will benefit the Foundation. And you might qualify for one of four college scholarships or the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award; those deadlines are rapidly approaching!   

Our gratitude is extended to Paul Schiminger for his six-year tenure as executive director at the International Bluegrass Music Association and for his service to the IBMA Foundation. Welcome to newly appointed IBMA executive director, Pat Morris, who will soon be joining our board at the Foundation.  

Here’s to treasuring the past, working together today, and building a strong future for bluegrass music for generations to come!

RETURN to the May 2021 issue of The Cornerstone.