THE IBMA FOUNDATION

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:

2020

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.

Applications for 2021 IBMA Foundation Project Grants Due December 1, 2020

 


The IBMA Foundation awards a total of around $14,000 in grants annually to non-profit organizations with a 501(c)3 status or qualified governmental agencies such as public schools and colleges.

Foundation project grants were awarded to the following recipients in 2020:

  • The Acoustic Music Seminar, at the Savannah Music Festival in Georgia
  • The Ballard High School Fiddlers, in Seattle, Washington
  • Bluegrass Day Camp for Kids, at the Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua in Washburn, Wisconsin
  • IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass program, held in Nashville, Tennessee
  • “A Life of Sorrow: The Life & Times of Carter Stanley,” presented by Showtimers Community Theatre in Roanoke, Virginia
  • Kindergarten Bludovice: Bluegrass to Kindergarten, in the Czech Republic
  • Stokes Junior Mountain Music and 3rd Saturday Grass, in Danbury, North Carolina
  • The Yadkin Junior Appalachian Musicians, an afterschool program in Yadkinville, North Carolina.

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

Click here to download the grant application form. For more info, click here, email info@bluegrassfoundation.org or call (615) 260-4807. We would love to hear from you!

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