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 2017

The following programs were awarded an annual grant from the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in 2017.


The Acoustic Sound Wintergrass Youth Education program based in Bellevue, Washington includes the well-known Youth Academy and Youth Orchestra, which successfully introduces middle school strings students to bluegrass and integrates them into a world-class festival experience while performing with nationally known bluegrass artists. New in 2017 is “Pintgrass,” created for pre-school children, “Youth Academy Teacher Training“ and “Rhapsody Songsters”—both for ages 14-20. The YATT program is designed for youth interested in pursuing a music education career, and the Rhapsody Songster program mentors disadvantaged youth with information about the wider array of careers available in and around the music community.

Coda Mountain Academy, Inc., is a nonprofit organization committed to equipping under-served youth with the tools they need to live productive and fulfilling lives. Based in Fayetteville, West Virginia, the Academy has several programs, one of which is a two-week, residential music camp, which focuses on providing high caliber musical opportunities and training for students regardless of their socio-economic status. Coda offers two distinct tracks during its summer festival, bluegrass studies and classical music.

The Greater Ozarks Bluegrass Society based in Springfield, Missouri, decided in 2012 to honor John Wynn, a nationally recognized luthier and bluegrass educator. The John Wynn scholarship in his memory has been award annually since 2013 to a local graduating high school senior or a current college student who has an interest in bluegrass music. Numerous people throughout southwest Missouri credit Wynn for their discovery of bluegrass music. He was an encourager to dozens of musicians and bands in the region, always generous with his time and expertise. His family band also performed for numerous school band and orchestra students, introducing them to the instruments and the sound of bluegrass music.

The Madison County Arts Council grant goes to fund a sound system for the Junior Appalachian Music (JAM) program so students may continue to present their music throughout the county at festivals and community gatherings. Performing teaches self-expression, enhances self-esteem and provides opportunities to polish public speaking skills, as well as giving students an opportunity to give back to the community. Based in Marshall, North Carolina, JAM programs in this area have grown from 7 students in 2007 to 60 young musicians from kindergarten – college age. The program teaches bluegrass and traditional music and dance.

The McCall Folklore Society, based in McCall, Idaho, hosts a three-day Kids Mountain Music Camp for beginning and intermediate young musicians as a part of their Summer Music Festival at Ponderosa State Park on the McCall Outdoor Science School campus. The grant will go to add an additional instructor for the 2017 event, and also to provide scholarships to young musicians. Classes are offered on mandolin, guitar, fiddle, banjo, bass and singing.

The Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival in Hebron, Connecticut will present The Mosaic Project in 2017. Participants will be given formal and informal opportunities to explore bluegrass instrumentation, songwriting and personal artistry. The mission of the Podunk Bluegrass Festival is to promote and proliferate bluegrass music in Southern New England by producing and hosting an annual festival unique to the area with a focus on education and awareness of the heritage of bluegrass music.