The IBMA Foundation makes it possible for individuals and organizations to support the future of bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving.

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Our Patrons

We are so grateful for the support of our patrons. Click here to see the list of our generous donors. 

Our two types of Grants

Annual Bluegrass Foundation grants- (up to $2000 each) are designed to assist programs that align with the goals of the Foundation. The 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 is proud to have donated to these worthwhile programs:


Annual Grant Winners:










and many Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)



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 “play it forward” to the next generation of musicians and fans. Won’t you join us?

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. Thanks in advance for working together with us to help ensure the future of bluegrass music for generations to come!

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