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!

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

ANGELS ($10,000 and more)
Anonymous (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
The Relgalf Charitable Foundation/George Matthews

MULTI-PLATINUM LEVEL ($5,000-$9,999)
Sam Blumenthal
Arthur Hancock, IV

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

Kissy Black 
Alison Brown (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Tom Brown (Fat Shirley’s Trailer Park Opry) – 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 (2019 Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award)
Cathy Fink (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
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Peter Salovey & Martha Elisa Moret
Robb & Elizabeth Tyler Foundation

GOLD LEVEL ($750-$999)
Fred & Joy Bartenstein
Lorraine Jordan, Jordan Entertainment (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Mike & Yvonne Tatar (in memory of Jerry Pujol)
Ellen & John Wright

SILVER LEVEL ($500-$749)
Jeffrey Ludin

Ruth McLain
The Philadelphia Foundation, Schultz Family Fund
John Sullivan (gift to son-in-law Stephen Weinberg)
Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Trisha & John Tubbs
Bob & Nancy Cardwell Webster

PATRON ($100-$499)

Chip Bach (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship, The Arnold Shultz Fund)
Gloria Boyd

Dr. Richard Brown
Jason Burke
Susan Carson
Trudie Cushing
Dan Dorschel
Patricia Ann Eaves
Curtis W. Ellison
Bill Foster (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Mark Freeman
Doris Gray
Laurie Greenberg
Charmaine Gudgeon
Richard Hawkins
Thomas Holland
Si Kahn
Bill Knowlton
Tom Kopp
Colee Biller Littlefield (in honor of Floyd O. Salmon)
Terry Mandell (in memory of Steve Mandell) 
Carrie Martin (in memory of Donald M. Warthan, Sr)
McCeney Trust
Frederick & Karen Mulhauser
Maria Nadauld (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
James Reams (The Arnold Shultz Fund)
Mary Faith Rhoads-Lewis, John Pearse Strings/Breezy Ridge Instruments

Jennifer Robbins (in honor of Judy Waldron’s 80th birthday)
Susan Scheufele
Paul Schiminger
Leonard Springer
Donald Wermuth (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Werter Willis
Kenichi Yamaguchi

Thanks also to Rick & Wendy Lang!

…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
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.