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

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:










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

Annual Grants given in 2016


1. Screen Door Songwriting Alliance/Listen Up Brunswick County

“Songwriting in the Schools” –  Songwriting is taught in group classes meeting twice a month in an underfunded group of counties of coastal NC. Louisa Branscomb in the mentor teacher channeling the diverse young songwriters incorporating a bluegrass style to write lyrics and music and move original songs through the process of performance, recording, and pitching to artists. 

2. Walker Creek Music Camp/ Northern California Bluegrass Society

Walker Creek Music Camp Youth Scholarship Fund – Walker Creek Music Camp is attended by over 200 aspiring bluegrass and old time muscians mostly 40 years old and older, twice a year. This grant will be used to give scholarships to children and young people that wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the camp.

3. Preserving our Southern Appalachian Music, Inc. (POSAM) TAM-YAM Camp (Traditional Appalachian Musicians- Young Appalachian Musicians)

POSAM teaches young people to play Bluegrass with acoustic instruments in the traditional way, by ear. The grant will extend the after school program to a five day summer day camp for 8- 14 year olds. The program, currently serving 300 students in 13 after-school and home school settings, operates in three counties in SC.

4. Burris Laboratory School The Beginning Bluegrass Program: Let’s get Jamming

Students 8-18 years old will participate in weekend class lessons followed by a practice jam session for 12 weeks. The program teaches the students in the Muncie, IN area to sing and play on bluegrass instruments, and then to play them in the community.