The IBMA Foundation supports programs and initiatives fostering the growth of bluegrass music. We help donors create a legacy for future generations of musicians and fans by connecting resources to projects that focus on bluegrass music-related arts and culture, education, literary work, and historic preservation. 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

IBMA 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:


Project Grant Recipients:











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


Thanks to our kind supporters in 2019-2020!

BENEFACTOR (cumulative lifetime gifts to the IBMA Foundation of $100,000+)
The Richard Barnhart Estate

ANGEL ($10,000 and more)
Anonymous (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Steve Martin Charitable Foundation (Arnold Shultz Fund)
The Relgalf Charitable Foundation/George Matthews

MULTI-PLATINUM ($5,000-$9,999)
Sam Blumenthal

PLATINUM ($1,000-$4,999)
Anonymous (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)

Fred & Joy Bartenstein (includes Arnold Shultz Fund, IBMA Bluegrass Scholarship)
Kissy Black 
Jake Blount, Robert W. and Gladys S. Meserve Charitable Trust (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Alison Brown (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Tom Brown, Fat Shirley’s Trailer Park Opry (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Megan Brugger (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (“Utilizing Bluegrass—American Roots Music, in the  Classroom” teacher workshops)
Katy Daley and Bill Brown (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Mary Tyler Doub (Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award)
Cathy Fink (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Robert Forrester (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
GE Foundation (employee match)
Murphy Hicks Henry (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Mark Hodges, Mountain Fever Music Group (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Bob and Carol Jeannin
Rick & Wendy Lang (Rick Lang Music Songwriter Scholarship)
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Peter Salovey & Martha Elisa Moret
Robb & Elizabeth Tyler Foundation

GOLD ($750-$999)
Lorraine Jordan, Jordan Entertainment (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Mike & Yvonne Tatar (in memory of Jerry Pujol)
Trisha & John Tubbs (includes Arnold Shultz Fund)
Ellen & John Wright

SILVER ($500-$749)
Dick Bowden (Sally Ann Forrester Scholarship)

The Denver Bluegrass Allstars: Greg Garrison, Tyler Grant, Andy Hall, Paul Hoffman, Ariel Rosemberg (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Jeffrey Ludin
Ruth McLain
The Philadelphia Foundation, Schultz Family Fund
Neil Rosenberg (Arnold Shultz Fund)
John Sullivan (gift to son-in-law Stephen Weinberg)
Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Bob & Nancy Cardwell Webster
Stan Werbin (Arnold Shultz Fund)

PATRON ($100-$499)

Chip Bach (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Mr. & Mrs. Edward P. Bass (holiday gift to Peter Salovey & Marta Moret)
Gloria Boyd
Dr. Richard Brown (includes Arnold Shultz Fund)
Mary Burdette (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Jason Burke
Susan Carson
Trudie Cushing
Dan Dorschel
Patricia Ann Eaves (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Curtis W. Ellison
Bill Foster (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship, Arnold Shultz Fund)
Mark Freeman
Margaret Gerteis (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Doris Gray
Laurie Greenberg
Charmaine Gudgeon
Richard Hawkins (includes Arnold Shultz Fund)
Casey Henry (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Thomas Holland
Si Kahn
Bill Knowlton
Tom Kopp
Jordan Laney (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Jen Larson (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Colee Biller Littlefield (in honor of Floyd O. Salmon)
Thomas Lupo
David Macemon
Terry Mandell (in memory of Steve Mandell) 
Carrie Martin (in memory of Donald M. Warthan, Sr)
McCeney Trust
Richard Miller
Frederick & Karen Mulhauser
Maria Nadauld (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Akira Otsuka (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Kristen Preston (Arnold Shultz Fund)
James Reams (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Mary Faith Rhoads-Lewis, John Pearse Strings/Breezy Ridge Instruments
Jennifer Robbins (in honor of Judy Waldron’s 80th birthday)
Kathy Sacra-Anderson (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Annie Savage (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Susan Scheufele
Paul Schiminger
Leonard Springer
Tim Stafford (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Taylor Steelman
Travis Stimeling (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Lee & Lydia Stivers (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Wayne Tuckson (Arnold Shultz Fund)
Donald Wermuth (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Werter Willis
Bob Wright (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship, Arnold Shultz Fund)
Kenichi Yamaguchi

PLUS many more donors in the $1-99 range. We appreciate you all!

Our gratitude is also extended to the following members of our LEGACY SOCIETY who have included the IBMA Foundation in their estate planning/wills:
The late Richard Barnhart
Fred Bartenstein
The late Harry Edwards
Leuk Friglink
Laurie Greenberg
Tom Kopp
The late Barbara Bremmer Taylor
Tom Thorpe
Bob and Nancy Cardwell Webster

Note: If we have accidentally left your name off the list or listed you in the wrong level, please let us know.