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:










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


Thanks to our kind supporters in 2018-2019!

LEGACY LEVEL (cumulative lifetime gifts to Foundation of $100,000+)

The Richard Barnhart Estate

ANGELS ($10,000 and more)
The Relgalf Foundation

MULTI-PLATINUM LEVEL ($5,000-$9,999)
Sam Blumenthal
Peggy Taylor Cabe, in memory of her mother, Barbara Bremmer Taylor
Malcomb Edwards, in memory of his father, Harry Edwards

PLATINUM LEVEL ($1,000-$4,999)
Mary Tyler Doub (2019 Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award)
Murphy Henry (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Mark Hodges, Mountain Fever Music Group (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Network for Good
Peter Salovey
Richard Spratt
Robb & Elizabeth Tyler Foundation

GOLD LEVEL ($750-$999)
Ellen & John Wright

SILVER LEVEL ($500-$749)
Fred and Joy Bartenstein
Alison Brown, in honor of Jaraslav Prucha
Donald Cohen
Dan Dorschel
Bob & Carol Jeannin
Kitsy Kuykendall
Ruth McLain
Mike & Yvonne Tatar
Jeffrey Tingey
Wendy & Tom Tyner

PATRON ($100-$499)

Dr. Richard Brown
Jason Burke
Susan Carson
Trudie Cushing
Regina & Jim Derzon
Wanda Dwyer
Richard Hawkins
Collee Bittle Littlefield, in honor of Floyd O. Salmon and Texas bluegrass
Virginia Mills
Frederick & Karen Mulhauser
Sharon Mutter, in memory of Leo Fernandez
David D. Nesbit
Mark Panfil
Jody & Patsy Sloan, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Tessa, The Intersection
Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Bob & Nancy Webster
Willis Werter

…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
The late Barbara Bremmer Taylor
Tom Thorpe
Bob Webster
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.

Help us make the future of bluegrass brighter! Won’t you consider adding your name above?