The Arnold Shultz Fund

IBMA Foundation established the Arnold Shultz Fund in 2020 to support activities increasing participation of people of color in bluegrass music. Arnold Shultz (1886–1931) was an African American musician from western Kentucky who had a profound influence on Bill Monroe and the development of bluegrass. More information on Arnold Shultz may be found in the article links below.

Members of the Arnold Shultz Fund Advisory Committee include co-chairs Richard Brown and Neil Rosenberg, with Erika Brady, Sav Sankaran, Trisha Tubbs, and Lily Werbin. 

Read about the March 2021 Arnold Shultz Fund grant recipients here.

Our application form is currently being updated for use in the next round of applications. Please stay tuned to this page for more information or contact Nancy Cardwell at with your questions.

You can visit the Arnold Shultz Facebook page here. 

Next deadline to apply for grant: December 1, 2021

Learn more about Arnold Shultz:

IBMA Foundation announces $12,050 in Arnold Shultz Fund grants” (The Cornerstone, March 2021)

“Arnold Shultz: A Hidden Legend Steps into the Spotlight” (by Nancy Cardwell, Bluegrass Unlimited, December 2020) Shared with permission from Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. Please consider subscribing here.)

“Over $30,000 raised for Arnold Shultz Fund in first two months of existence” (The Cornerstone, August 2020)

“IBMA Foundation announces Arnold Shultz Fund“(The Cornerstone, July 2020)

“Arnold Shultz: the greatest (?) guitar picker’s life ended before promise realized,” by Keith Lawrence (The Cornerstone, June 2020)

“Arnold Shultz: Black fiddling and bluegrass music,” posted on March 12, 2017 by Peter Feldmann (Pete’s Place)

“Bluegrass, string music deeply rooted in African-American tradition,” by Thomas Goldsmith (News & Observer, Sept. 30, 2014 – updated Feb. 13, 2015)

Folklorist William E. Lightfoot on Arnold Shultz (2013)

“Contested Origins: Arnold Shultz and the Music of Western Kentucky” chapter by Erika Brady in the book, Hidden in the Mix: The African American Presence in Country Music (edited by Diane Pecknold, Duke University Press, 2013)

Kentucky Country: Folk and Country Music of  Kentucky, by Charles K. Wolfe (excerpt, University Press of Kentucky, 1982)

Arnold Shultz (Wikipedia)

Richard Brown on Arnold Shultz

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