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Executive Director: Nancy Cardwell

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The IBMA Foundation
1183 University Drive #105-215
Burlington, NC 27215

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I have always been a music person. A very good friend in Charlotte started inviting me to MerleFest. When I saw Scythian in the dance tent in 2015 I can’t really describe what happened; it was almost other-worldly. I have listened to bluegrass literally every day since. It is a love that will never end. Bluegrass runs down deep in the well of our souls. I am convinced that is why it is so powerful to those who love it.  The IBMA Foundation focuses a good deal of its energy on youth, on after-school and summer camps, on lessons, instrument loan programs, college scholarships, etc. I support the IBMA Foundation because it will help to guarantee the future of bluegrass music, forever!

Sam Blumenthal

Trustee, The Blumenthal Foundation

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The IBMA Foundation
1183 University Drive #105-215
Burlington, NC 27215