Grants & Awards

Project Grants

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 ($300) 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 is administering the scholarship in fall 2021. Starting in 2022, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee will administer the scholarship. 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 2021 scholarship is May 1, 2021. Go here to apply.

The Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship

The Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship is a $2,000 award to a student majoring in a subject related to songwriting. Applicants must be IBMA members (  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. Go here to apply for the scholarship. Deadline: June 1, 2021.

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 first scholarship will be awarded for the fall 2021 semester, and the deadline to apply is June 1. Go here to download the application form. The Foundation is working toward an initial goal of $20,000, which would endow this scholarship into the future. Contact us if you would like to support this worthy bluegrass cause! Photo above: The East Tennessee Bluegrass Pride Band (2019)

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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