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IBMA Foundation 2022-2023 Year End Report

We’ve had a strong year at the IBMA Foundation. More than 900 supporters shared in our work, with contributions totaling over $100,000.  We distributed more than $90,000 in grants, scholarships, and programs. Since the beginning of the IBMA Foundation (formerly the Foundation for Bluegrass Music) in 2008, over $375,000 has been awarded! We are more grateful than ever for those who choose to help us build a brighter future for bluegrass.

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Project grant report from New Mexico & Colorado

Project grant report from New Mexico & Colorado

By Lindsay Taylor The Queen Bee Music Association’s Kids Bluegrass Camp for musicians age 7-15 is held annually in July in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The mission of the Queen Bee Music Association is to support musicians in every stage of their...

Ben Gilmore bequest benefits IBMA Foundation

Ben Gilmore bequest benefits IBMA Foundation

In January 2024, the IBMA Foundation received a $30,000 donation from the estate of Benjamin Gilmore, designated for the Fletcher Bright Memorial Grant for Young Musicians (age 21 and younger), the Sally Ann Forrester Scholarship for female bluegrass musicians...

Foundation to raffle Lisa Sorrell cowboy boots March 1

Foundation to raffle Lisa Sorrell cowboy boots March 1

$20/one ticket or $100/six ticketsDrawing: Friday, March 1, 2024, noon Eastern Time, live streamed at Enter the raffle here: The IBMA Foundation will raffle a pair of Louvin...

Pisgah Banjo raffle to benefit Arnold Shultz Fund

Pisgah Banjo raffle to benefit Arnold Shultz Fund

The Pisgah Banjo Company is excited to announce another chance to win a unique custom banjo! Raffle tickets are $20 each and all proceeds will benefit the Arnold Shultz Fund, a grant program dedicated to people of color pursuing traditional old-time and bluegrass...

Donor spotlight: Peter Thompson

Donor spotlight: Peter Thompson

Peter Thompson, producer and host of Bluegrass Signal on KALW Public Media/91.7 FM in San Francisco, California, is a faithful supporter of the IBMA Foundation. Originally from Michigan, Peter’s radio story began on Vancouver Co-Op Radio in 1975. While living in...

IBMA Foundation announces 2024 project grant recipients

The IBMA Foundation recently awarded $25,600 in project grants to 14 bluegrass programs in nine states plus the Czech Republic, Great Britain, and Ireland. This year’s total for the long-running, flagship program of the IBMA Foundation is up from $24,000 in 2023;...

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