THE IBMA FOUNDATION

The IBMA Foundation provides an efficient and effective means for individuals and organizations with a passion for bluegrass music to support a brighter future for bluegrass music through charitable donations and planned giving. 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

Bluegrass 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:

 

Annual Grant Winners:

2019

2018

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

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

List of Patrons

Some of our previous donors include: 

PLATINUM LEVEL—

  • The Richard Barnhart Estate 
  • Bluegrass Unlimited – DVD sponsor
  • The Boston Bluegrass Union – DVD sponsor
  • The California Bluegrass Association – DVD sponsor
  • Deering Banjos – In kind donation of Goodtime Banjos for workshops
  • Regina Derzon
  • John Drake
  • The D’Addario Foundation – Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grant sponsor
  • Mary Tyler Doub
  • GE Foundation
  • Peter & Kitsy Kuykendall
  • George G. Matthews
  • The Minnesota Old Time & Bluegrass Music Association – DVD sponsor
  • Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association – DVD sponsor
  • Carl Pagter
  • Richard Spratt
  • The Robb & Elizabeth Tyler Foundation
  • Anonymous

GOLD LEVEL—

  • Fred Bartenstein

SILVER LEVEL—

  • Terry & Sharon Alford
  • Bob & Carol Jeannin
  • William Knowlton
  • Peter Salovey, Yale University
  • John & Trisha Tubbs

BAND PATRON—

  • Roni Bartles 
  • Casey Henry
  • Lisa Laks
  • Janis Meeks 
  • Mark Panfil 
  • Alana Parker
  • Mike & Yvonne Tatar 
  • Wayne Tate 
  • Abbe Tiger
  • Jeff Zitsman
  • Stan Zdonik

BLUEGRASS IN THE SCHOOLS BOOSTER CLUB—

  • Susan Grove
  • Thea Johanos-Kam
  • Lauren Martinello
  • Lydia Stivers
  • Jim Weiler
  • Paul & Jean Wittig

FRIEND OF THE FOUNDATION—

  • Hank Becker
  • Elizabeth Buffington
  • Nancy Cardwell
  • Sarah Carey
  • Mary Emmons
  • Caleb Erikson
  • Laurie Greenberg
  • Sandi & Al Gunderson
  • Debbie Hall
  • Rick Litiatco
  • Becky Rhodes
  • Clara Rose Sadler
  • Marianne See
  • Richard D. Smith
  • Wendy Tyner
  • Mary Wiseman
  • Celeste Moore

LEGACY SOCIETY—

  • Tom Thorpe
  • Anonymous

Won’t you consider adding your name above?

If we have left your name off our list of donors or mistakenly placed you in the wrong level, please email us and let us know!