Grants & Awards
Project Grants (usually in the amount of $1,000-2,000) support bluegrass-related programs or events in the area of arts & culture, education, literary projects, or history preservation. Click here for a list of previous project grant recipients.
The deadline to apply for a Project Grant is December 1.
Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-grants ($500) are awarded to schools or organizations to help pay bluegrass and string bands to present educational programs for students.
Mini-grants may be applied for throughout the year.
The Sally Ann Forrester Scholarship
The Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship awarded to a female bluegrass musician. Students may be majoring in any subject, including bluegrass music. The IBMA Foundation administers the scholarship, which is funded by an endowment at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Sally Ann Forrester played accordion and sang as a member of Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys from 1943-1946, thus becoming the first female professional bluegrass musician in history. The application deadline for the fall 2022 scholarship is June 1, 2022. Go here to apply.
The Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship
The Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship is a $2,500 award to a student majoring in a subject related to songwriting. Applicants must be IBMA members (www.ibma.org). Rick Lang (above) is a GRAMMY-nominated writer who serves as the chair of the IBMA Songwriter Committee and volunteers with the IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program. This scholarship is supported by an endowment at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee which was initially funded by Rick and Wendy Lang. Contact us if you would like to help to support the future of bluegrass songwriting with a donation to this scholarship. Go here to apply for the scholarship. Deadline: June 1, 2022.
The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship
The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship grants one $1,000 scholarship to a student who is studying bluegrass music or a related major on the college level. The next scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2022 semester, and the deadline to apply is June 1. Go here to download the application form. The IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship is supported by a small endowment at the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. Contact us if you would like to support this worthy bluegrass cause! Photo above: The East Tennessee Bluegrass Pride Band (2019)
Crandall Creek College Scholarship
The Crandall Creek Scholarship is sponsored by the West Virginia band of that name. The annual $1,000 college scholarship will be awarded to a student who demonstrates an interest and involvement in any aspect of bluegrass music, including but not limited to performance. The next scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2022 semester, and the deadline to apply is June 1. Go here to download the application form.
Katy Daley Broadcast Media/ Sound Engineering Scholarship
The Katy Daley Broadcast Media/Sound Engineering Scholarship will be awarded annually to individuals planning to study broadcasting or sound engineering at college or in a continuing education program with a bluegrass music focus. Eligible areas of study include radio, television, digital media, recorded sound engineering and mastering, live sound engineering, and related disciplines. Applicants must plan to become involved in the bluegrass music industry on a professional level and be current IBMA members. (See ibma.org to join IBMA.)
Other Grant Programs
The Arnold Shultz Fund
The Arnold Shultz Fund supports initiatives to encourage participation by people of color in bluegrass music. Richard S. Brown and Neil V. Rosenberg co-chair the advisory committee for the fund named after the talented African American guitarist and fiddler who influenced the development of bluegrass music.
The Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award
The Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award is an annual cash award, presented to the developing academic scholar who presents the best paper accepted by a juried academic conference on an aspect of bluegrass music. The recipient will receive a $500 honorarium plus admission to the next IBMA Business Conference and Awards Show.
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