The prize in our second annual Strings to Dreams Bluegrass Raffle is a mint condition 2010 VRB-3 Truetone Huber Banjo, valued at $4,100, with two cases and straps.

Tickets are available at $20 each or six for $100 at, and there is no limit to the number of tickets you may purchase. Don’t delay! Ticket sales wrap up at midnight Eastern Time on Thursday, May 19. Check out videos from VIP players who test drove the prize banjo at the IBMA Foundation YouTube Channel.  As Joe Mullins said in the promo he made for us at the Big Lick Bluegrass Festival in Oakboro, NC, “You can’t win if you don’t buy a ticket!”

The live-streamed drawing will take place at noon ET, at the IBMA Foundation Facebook page.

The VRB-3 is Huber Banjo’s recreation of the pre-war style-3 banjo, the most common of all the 1930s flatheads. It features a mahogany neck and resonator with a 1930s style Huber HR-30 tone ring and Huber engineered rim. The banjo comes with an original hard shell case, a Reunion Blues banjo case, a leather strap designed by Huber, a cloth strap, an electronic tuner, and a Blue Chip thumb pick.

Ticket proceeds support the work of the IBMA Foundation year-round, including grants, scholarships, college scholarships, an academic scholarship award, the annual Bluegrass College Band Showcase at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, and a variety of educational resources for educators and students of all ages.

Through our website, the IBMA Foundation is offering sequentially numbered digital raffle tickets. The purchaser will receive an emailed receipt for verification purposes. Purchasers must be living U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older. If fundraising raffles are illegal in your community, you will be unable to participate (states that prohibit raffles altogether are Hawaii and Utah). Tickets may not be purchased by members of the IBMA Foundation board or those involved in conducting the raffle—including staff members or immediate family members of these individuals. “Immediate family” is defined as spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, or spouses of children.

Although all proceeds will benefit the IBMA Foundation, purchase of raffle tickets is not a tax-deductible expense (IRS regulation). The drawing will take place in North Carolina and will be livestreamed on the IBMA Foundation Facebook page. This raffle has been organized in compliance with North Carolina General Statutes 14-309.15—Raffles. The giveaway is conducted by and benefits the IBMA Foundation.

For more information on the Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle, go to

RETURN to the May 2022 issue of The Cornerstone.