The IBMA Foundation supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. We help donors create a legacy for future generations of musicians and fans by connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass music-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation. 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

IBMA 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:


Project Grant Recipients:











and dozens of Mini-grants, funding live, educational presentations by bluegrass bands from around the world, at schools.

Foundation Annual Grants 2011

Annual Grants given in 2011,


1. Common Ground on the Hill Bluegrass Youth Scholarships for Traditions Week II

In week two of the Traditions Week in July at McDaniel College in Westminster, MD, young people ages 14-22 participate in bluegrass classes. The grant will be used for youth scholarships for this week. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass and fiddle along with vocal technique and songwriting are taught.


2. Munich Bluegrass Friends

Bluegrass Youth Support Fund Funds were used to establish a Bluegrass Youth Fund teaching students starting at age 5 to play bluegrass instruments and play in a bluegrass band. The program is based in Munich, Germany.

Since the year 2012, our organization organized several successful bluegrass festivals in Munich as well as other bluegrass events in Munich (Bluegrass In The Park, Munich Bluegrass Night). In each bluegrass event, our youth fund department (the BNF), part of the Munich Bluegrass Friends, participated either in the organization and/or with shows on stage. The young band GeorgiaRina & the Loose Screws is a former BNF workshop band and now is booked all over Bavaria and South Germany with great success as a bluegrass act from Munich. Our last event was Bluegrass In The Park 2016 (June 11th, 2016) in Munich, and the BNF department was on the list as a show act on stage. All of this was also made possible by the generous grant of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music. Thanks again and greetings from Munich, Germany. “ – Emanuel Niklas, Munich Bluegrass Friends

3. Look & Listen, Inc. (Twang Box Productions) True Songs; An Online Archive + History Project

This half hour documentary and shorter news stories (aired on NPR News) bring educational and inspiring stories of bluegrass music to the world. The Centennial Celebration of Bill Monroe was aired during the week of Sept 11. 2011 by 500 Public radio stations nation wide.
4. Molly Tuttle Studying Bluegrass and Songwriting at the Berklee College of Music

This college scholarship helped prepare Molly Tuttle for her present standing as one of bluegrass music’s rising stars. Berklee School of Music is world renown for the high level of musicianship it instills in it’s students, especially in bluegrass.