The IBMA Foundation provides an efficient and effective means for individuals and organizations with a passion for bluegrass music to support a brighter future for bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving. 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.


The IBMA Foundation is more than a charity. We’re a community of industry friends, musicians of all levels, and fans scattered around the world whose lives have been touched by bluegrass music in such a positive way, that we want to share it with the next generation of musicians and fans. Won’t you help us make the future of bluegrass music brighter? 

Suggested Levels of Giving:

PATRON ($100-$499)

SILVER LEVEL ($500-$749)

GOLD LEVEL ($750-$999)

PLATINUM LEVEL ($1000-$4999)

MULTI-PLATINUM LEVEL ($5,000-$9,999)

ANGELS ($10,000)

LEGACY LEVEL (cumulative lifetime gifts to Foundation of $100,000+)

Legacy Society – Those who have remembered the Foundation in their wills and estate plans

We also offer the option of monthly and annual donations. And it’s even possible to double your donation if our employer has a matching program you can take advantage of.

Your donation will be used for one of the many worthwhile bluegrass-related programs the Foundation supports. A list of the programs we’ve funded recently may be found on the homepage of this website. Your gift will be acknowledged in a letter that you should keep for tax  purposes. 

For more information on how to match your interest with available opportunities, contact us at: 1-615-260-4807 or email Foundation administrator Nancy Cardwell at 


If you prefer to donate through our profile page with The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, please click here