The IBMA Foundation is proud to announce the launch of the Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship on January 10, 2022, Ms. Daley’s birthday. Daley and her husband, Bill Brown, have made a $10,000 donation to the IBMA Foundation to endow the scholarship. 

Katy Daley, co-host of the Bluegrass Stories podcast series along with Howard Parker, has had a 30+ year career in bluegrass (WAMU-FM and Bluegrass Country) and country (WMZQ) radio in the Washington, DC area. She’s a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association and a 2008 graduate of IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass class. Katy was named IBMA Bluegrass Broadcaster of the year in 2009 and 2011. She was honored with the DC Bluegrass Union’s 2017 Washington Monument Award. You can read her Q&A articles on Bluegrass Today. Katy received the 2019 and 2020 IBMA Liner Notes Awards for her portion of the liner notes for Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey on Smithsonian Folkways Records and as the sole writer for the reissued Seldom Scene Recorded Live at the Cellar Door from Rebel Records.  Katy was honored with the IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award in September 2019. She’s an accomplished pastry chef and is working on becoming a jam-worthy clawhammer banjo player.   

The Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship will be awarded annually to individuals planning to study broadcasting or sound engineering at college or in a continuing education program with a bluegrass music focus. Eligible areas of study include radio, television, digital media, recorded sound engineering and mastering, live sound engineering, and related disciplines. Applicants must plan to become involved in the bluegrass music industry on a professional level and be current IBMA members. (See to join IBMA.)

IBMA Foundation board chair and former bluegrass broadcaster Fred Bartenstein said, “The professional presentation of bluegrass music has a direct effect on how new fans and musicians are attracted to the genre. The Foundation supports the effort to present the best music on the planet in the best way possible for the benefit of new listeners and new generations, as well as for loyal fans. We thank Katy Daley and Bill Brown for their generous donation to found the scholarship, and it is our hope that others in the bluegrass community interested in broadcasting and engineering will also support this scholarship. Our goal is to raise at least $20,000, which would generate at least one annual scholarship in the amount of $1,000.”

The first Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship will be awarded in August 2022 for the fall semester of study. The deadline for applications for all IBMA Foundation scholarships is June 1. A link to the application form will be shared on the IBMA Foundation website in March, as well as in the March 1 issue of The Cornerstone, the Foundation’s free monthly enewsletter.

The IBMA Foundation supports programs and initiatives that foster the growth of bluegrass music. The Foundation helps donors create a bluegrass legacy through charitable donations and planned giving through the support of programs focused on bluegrass-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation.