Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between the IBMA Foundation, IBMA, and The IBMA Trust Fund?

The IBMA Foundation (where you are now) is focused on the future. We support programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music through charitable giving. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is a non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide. The IBMA Trust Fund assists those in the bluegrass community in times of emergency need.

Are the IBMA Foundation, the IBMA Trust Fund, and the IBMA all the same organization?

No. We are three separate sister organizations with different missions, boards, and staff. The IBMA’s board elects board members of the other two entities.

How can I make a donation to the IBMA Foundation?

Options for making donations may be found here.

Can I donate to a specific fund, scholarship or program of the IBMA Foundation?

Yes. You are welcome to make a donation to the IBMA Foundation that is undesignated—in other words, used where needed most. But, you can also designate a donation to a specific fund, scholarship, or program. Click here to learn more about our programs or here for information on how to donate.

Friend of the Foundation



Join the street team working together to create a brighter future for bluegrass.

Anyone willing to share information with friends and colleagues about IBMA Foundation-hosted scholarships, grants, and programs is WELCOME to sign up as a “Friend of the Foundation” and use the logo above. Fill out the form below to request a free brochure, sticker, and magnet. 

Please display the Friend of the Foundation logo on your websites, social media pages, marketing messages, liner notes, and fliers.

The Friends of the Foundation group is open to all individuals, companies, and organizations interested in helping bluegrass music grow, sharing it with future generations and new audiences around the world. CLICK HERE to read about ways you could help as a Friend of the Foundation.

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