Thanks for becoming a Friend of the Foundation! Here are a few ideas about how you can help:

  • Sign up for our free monthly e-newsletter, The Cornerstone HERE.
  • Put a Friend of the Foundation sticker on your instrument case or vehicle. Use it as a conversation starter!
  • Check out and share content on our Facebook and Instagram pages or YouTube channel.
  • Help us spread the word about deadlines for IBMA Foundation project grants, Arnold Shultz Fund grants, college scholarships, and the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award.
  • Encourage students to apply for an IBMA Foundation-hosted scholarship: the IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship (for students interested in a professional career in the genre); the J. D. Crowe Banjo Scholarship (for musicians studying banjo on the college level); the Katy Daley Broadcast Media & Sound Engineering Scholarship (for those interested in radio, television, online, or satellite broadcasting OR working in live or recorded sound engineering); the Sally Ann Forrester Scholarship (for female bluegrass musicians headed to college); and the Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship for individuals studying bluegrass songwriting at college. The annual DEADLINE to apply for college scholarships is June 1.
  • Encourage schools and bluegrass associations to apply for a Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-grant, to help fund live, educational presentations to students by bluegrass bands. (No deadline, year-round applications)
  • Encourage bluegrass musicians age 21 and younger to apply for a Fletcher Bright Memorial Grant for Young Musicians, to be used for bluegrass camp and workshop fees, instrument set-up and repair, educational materials and lessons. (No deadline, year-round applications)
  • Encourage a person of color (any age) to apply for an Arnold Shultz Fund Individual Grant (no deadline, year-round application letters).
  • Donate a bluegrass instrument you are not using to the IBMA Foundation, to be given to a young person who can’t afford one OR to be used in the Foundation’s Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle.
  • Help promote the annual Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle ( in April – May on your social media pages, websites, music publications, and association newsletters!
  • Make a short video about why YOU support the IBMA Foundation and post it on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Tag the IBMA Foundation, and we’ll share it everywhere!
  • Check out the new Bluegrass Stagecraft 101 educational videos on the Foundation’s YouTube channel here. Share these with anyone who might be interested in learning more about emceeing a band or a festival, working as a stage manager, or working more effectively with a live bluegrass event sound crew.
  • Contact us with your idea for an article in the Foundation’s monthly enewsletter.
  • Encourage friends looking for a bluegrass camp or workshop to check out this page of the IBMA Foundation. You can also invite camp and workshop directors to email the Foundation to be included, at no charge.
  • Check out the list of bluegrass degree, research and ensemble programs at colleges we know about here. Encourage others to contact us at
  • Do you perform in or direct a bluegrass band at a college or university? Learn more about the IBMA Foundation’s Bluegrass College Showcase hosted during the weekend of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass week every year in Raleigh (usually the last week of September). Info here.
  • Interested in bluegrass music educational resources for grades K-12? Check out this page.
  • View the six video chapters and corresponding lesson plans for Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music here on the Foundation website at no charge, or here on YouTube. 
  • Check out the new guitar raffle to be held at the Blue Highway Fest October 11-14, 2023, to benefit the IBMA Foundation. (This year luthier Rufus Thames is donating a guitar based on Tim Stafford’s 1934 Martin D-18.)

Sign up to be a Friend of the Foundation now.

Return to the September 2023 issue of The Cornerstone.