Congratulations to Brian Murphy from Greer, S.C., who won the custom-made banjo in last month’s raffle conducted by the Pisgah Banjo Company! A total of $29,590 was raised in support of the IBMA Foundation’s Arnold Shultz Fund, which encourages participation by people of color in bluegrass music. A donation of $10,000 will be made to the Black Banjo Reclamation Project in California, as requested by Pisgah Banjo Company.

“We are so grateful for the continued support from Patrick Sawyer and the folks at the Pisgah Banjo Company,” said IBMA Foundation board member and co-chair of the Shultz Fund Committee, Dr. Richard Brown. “We believe bluegrass music is for everyone who loves the music and wants to play it or listen to is. Music—including bluegrass music—is a language that can connect and unite people from various backgrounds and cultures.

“As Bill Monroe said himself: ‘Bluegrass has brought more people together and made more friends than any music in the world. You meet people at festivals and renew acquaintances year after year.’”

Click here to read about projects and individuals supported by the Arnold Shultz Fund in 2023. Also: recipient lists from 2022 and 2021.

Return to the April, 2023 issue of The Cornerstone.