THE IBMA FOUNDATION

The IBMA Foundation provides an efficient and effective means for individuals and organizations with a passion for bluegrass music to support a brighter future for bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving. Join us on FaceBook.

Our patrons

We are so grateful for the support of our patrons. Click here to see the list of our generous donors.

Two types of grants

Bluegrass Foundation Project Grants- (up to $2000 each) are designed to assist programs that align with the goals of the Foundation. Deadline to apply: December 1. 

 

Bluegrass in the Schools Mini Grants- Schools or other groups organizing "Bluegrass in the Schools" assemblies should apply for a Mini Grant instead. (generally $300 per school assembly)

 

To download the appropriate forms for these two types of grants, click on the "Grant" tab at the top of our Home Page.

The work of the Foundation

The IBMA Foundation has proudly supported these worthwhile programs:

 

Annual Grant Winners:

2019

2018

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

and dozens of Mini-grants, funding live, educational presentations by bluegrass bands from around the world, at schools.

About Us

You love bluegrass. You would like to see bluegrass live forever. We have a way you can do that…

MISSION
The IBMA Foundation
supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. We help donors create a legacy for future generations of musicians and fans by connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass music-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation.

GIVING
The IBMA Foundation provides an efficient and effective means for individuals and organizations with a passion for bluegrass music to support a brighter future for bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving.

CURRENT END OF FISCAL YEAR FINANCE REPORT: Click here

OUR BOARD
The IBMA Foundation’s board, made up of a diverse group of bluegrass and business community leaders, provides overall direction and policy and is responsible for all grant allocations made from the Foundation’s funds

Fred Bartenstein; University of Dayton – Chairperson/President
Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation – Vice Chairperson
Ruth McLain; McLain Family Band, Morehead State Univ. – Secretary
Wendy Tyner, Wintergrass/Acoustic Sound – Treasurer
Kissy Black, Lotos Nile – Board Member
Sam Blumenthal, Sam Blumenthal Foundation – Board Member
Richard Brown, Harvard University, The Reunion Band – Board Member
Becky Buller, The Becky Buller Band – Board Member
Peter D’Addario, St. Louis Cardinals – Board Member
Michael Hall, The Northern California Bluegrass Music Society – Board Member
Peter Salovey,  Ph.D., Yale University – Board Member

IBMA Foundation Advisory Committee: 
Tim Stafford, Blue Highway (chair), Tom Kopp, Ph.D.

Administrator:
Nancy Cardwell, info@BluegrassFoundation.org
Ex-officio member: Paul Schiminger, IBMA
Mark Panfil- Website Administrator