Our Donors

Thanks to these kind supporters in 2020-2021!


(lifetime gifts of $100,000+)

The Richard Barnhart Estate



  • Anonymous (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
  • Steve Martin Charitable Foundation (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Lee Zapis, Z Mandolins (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)



  • George Matthews, The Relgalf Foundation



  • Anonymous (instrument donation)
  • Kissy Black (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Jake Blount, Robert W. and Gladys S. Meserve Charitable Trust (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Gloria (Janie) Boyd, in memory of Mac Wiseman
  • Tom Brown, Fat Shirley’s Trailer Park Opry (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
  • Megan Brugger (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
  • The Marguerite Cole Foundation
  • The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (teacher workshop grant)

  • Katy Daley (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
  • Mike & Susan Ford (2021 project grant & mini-grant)
  • Robert Forrester (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
  • Arthur Hancock, IV
  • Laurie Greenberg
  • Bob Jeannin
  • Rick & Wendy Lang (Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship)
  • Peter Salovey & Martha Elisa Moret
  • Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
  • Robb & Elizabeth Tyler Foundation



  • Lorraine Jordan, Jordan Entertainment (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)



  • Fred & Joy Bartenstein (includes Arnold Shultz Fund, IBMA Bluegrass Scholarship)
  • Dick Bowden (Sally Ann Forrester Scholarship)
  • Bill Brown (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship, in honor of Katy Daley)
  • Ryan Craft (World of Bluegrass 2020 Martin Guitar auction winner)
  • The Denver Bluegrass Allstars: Greg Garrison, Tyler Grant, Andy Hall, Paul Hoffman, Ariel Rosemberg (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • General Electric
  • Jeffrey Ludin
  • Ruth McLain
  • Neil Rosenberg (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Mark Schultz
  • Travis Stimeling (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Wendy Tyner
  • Nancy Cardwell 
  • Stan Werbin (Arnold Shultz Fund)



  • Chip Bach (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Mr. & Mrs. Edward P. Bass (in honor of Peter Salovey & Marta Moret)
  • Dr. Richard Brown (includes Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Mary Burdette (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Peggy Cabe
  • Laurie Casey (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Ryan Craft
  • Brent Davis
  • Regina Derzon
  • Thomas Dobner
  • Dan Dorschel
  • Patricia Ann Eaves (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
  • Malcomb Edwards
  • Adam Engelhardt
  • Bill Foster (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship, Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Margaret Gerteis (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Richard Hawkins (includes Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Casey Henry (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Raymond Hopkins
  • International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, Local #151 (in memory of Jay Kelly, for Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-grants)
  • International Alliance of Theatrical State Employees, Local #42 (in memory of Jay Kelly, for Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-grants)
  • IBM Foundation
  • Kathy Kallick
  • Bill Knowlton
  • Tom Kopp
  • Tom & Barb Laing
  • Jordan Laney (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Jen Larson (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Maurice Lesses (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Thomas Lupo
  • Kathleen Luquett
  • David Macemon
  • McCeney Trust
  • Richard Miller
  • Mary Mueller
  • Joe Mullins
  • Maria Nadauld (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
  • Shauna Nefos
  • Christine Oricchio, in memory of Tony Williams
  • Joe Osborn
  • Akira Otsuka (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Mark Panfil
  • Jeff Poss, Calton Cases
  • Kristen Preston (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • James Reams (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Kathy Sacra-Anderson (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Annie Savage (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Paul Schiminger
  • Michael Simpson
  • Tim Stafford (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Taylor Steelman
  • Lee & Lydia Stivers (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Joshua Taylor
  • Peter Thompson
  • Tom Thorpe
  • Trisha & John Tubbs (includes Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Wayne Tuckson (Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • Peter Wernick (Discover Bluegrass)
  • Bob Wright (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship, Arnold Shultz Fund)
  • John & Ellen Wright

…PLUS many more donors in the $1-99 range. We appreciate you all!

Our gratitude is also extended to the following members of our Legacy Society who have included the Foundation in their estate planning/wills:

  • Anonymous
  • The late Richard Barnhart
  • Fred Bartenstein
  • The late Harry Edwards
  • Leuk Friglink
  • Laurie Greenberg
  • Tom Kopp
  • The late Barbara Bremmer Taylor
  • Tom Thorpe
  • Alan Tompkins
  • Bob & Nancy Webster

If we have accidentally left your name off the list or listed you in the wrong level, please let us know.

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