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IBMA Foundation 2020-2021 Year End Report

We’ve had a strong year at the IBMA Foundation. Over 440 donors shared in our work, with contributions totaling $329,811. In a season of continued uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic and other challenges, we are more grateful than ever for the bluegrass music community and for those who choose to help us build a brighter future for bluegrass.

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New policy for designated donations

We are delighted that people are finding so many creative ways to use the IBMA Foundation! In the last two years, the number of grant programs, scholarships, awards and instrument donations has mushroomed. We operate with a lean and efficient part-time staff—Nancy...

Sacramento, CA banjo build recap

Sacramento, CA banjo build recap

By Hannah Mayree, The Black Banjo Reclamation Project The weekend of April 29—May 1 marked the third banjo building event produced by the Black Banjo Reclamation Project. To date, we have facilitated trainings and provided technical assistance for over 30 Black...

Board member and officer elections announced

The IBMA Foundation board is pleased to announce the addition of two new members beginning July 1, 2022. Lillian Werbin is co-owner of Elderly Instruments, a fretted instrument retailer and haven for musicians, located in Lansing, Michigan. Lillian is passionate about...

Scholarships and scholar award to be announced August 1

Stay tuned! IBMA Foundation-hosted college scholarship and Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award recipients will be announced in the August 1 issue of this publication, as well as on our website at  RETURN to the July 1, 2022 issue of The...

A message from Nancy Cardwell: Remembering James Reams

A message from Nancy Cardwell: Remembering James Reams

There are no guarantees for how long our individual journeys will last. On June 17, the bluegrass music community was saddened to hear about the unexpected death of James Reams, the Arizona-based bandleader, association leader, event producer, and film producer who...

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