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. 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

IBMA 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:


Project Grant Recipients:











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

Annual Grants given in 2013


1. Cowan Community Action Group, Inc. Expansion of Passing the Pick and Bow

Funds requested are being used to help fund the expansion of an after school music instruction program in five Elementary Schools in Letcher county, KY in playing banjo, guitar and fiddle. The focus of this expansion is to develop jam sessions for these students to grow as traditional mountain music and bluegrass musicians.

2. North Carolina Museum of History Foundation North Carolina Bluegrass:

The Golden Years The funds requested helped to cover the costs of an exhibition at the Museum on the role of North Carolinian’s in the creation and popularization of Bluegrass music during the period of the 1950s-1980s. The exhibit opened in the fall of 2014.



3. Fractured Atlas Last of the Breed: The Dave Evans Story

This film documentary tells the story of the life and career of Dave Evans. Through the telling of his story the producers propose to tell a story of the history and culture of bluegrass music, songs of tragedy, violence, jealousy, poverty, migration and misfortune as told through Dave Evan’s life and music.

4. The Folk School, a service of 88.1 KDHX Folk School bluegrass classes, jams and workshops

The Folk School presents eight weeks courses on bluegrass ensemble playing and banjo instruction. They also offer occasional workshops on Monroe style mandolin, flatpick guitar, bluegrass fiddle, Dobro and Scruggs-style banjo. The classes are small group style for adults and teens of all experience levels.

5. Hazard Community and Technical College Bluegrass music in the Mountains

This regional outreach program in Hazard county KY sends faculty and staff from the Kentucky school of Bluegrass and Traditional music to local elementary and High Schools to share the history of Bluegrass music and to present interactive live performances.