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 2014


1. Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) Serving JAM programs across Appalachia

The funds will be used to help provide support and materials to 28 or more traditional youth music programs throughout Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. JAM is an after school program model that teaches traditional music and dance to over 1.000 students each year.

2. West Virginia University Foundation on behalf of the WVU College of Creative Arts, School of Music West Virginia University Bluegrass and Old-Time Instruction

WVU School of Music offers private and group instruction to under grad and grad students. The funds will be used to purchase quality intermediate instruments for students who do not have access to bluegrass and old-time instruments and for a public address equiptment for public performances.


3. Toe River Arts Council, Inc. Bringing Bluegrass Back Home

This after and in school program provides local youths in seven Mitchell and Yancey schools in NC to learn the basics of playing Appalachian string instruments. Taught by seasoned professionals, the instruction will demonstrate the connection of the music from their region to the sounds of modern bluegrass.



4. Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Bands WPHS bluegrass bands sound system

The funds requested along with additional funds collected through performances and donations will be used to purchase a sound system so the WPHS bands can bring their music to northern WV, eastern Ohio and western PA. This after school bluegrass club instructs High School students on how to play in a bluegrass band. It is one of the most successful and longest running program of it’s kind any where in the world.