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

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)
Sam Blumenthal
The Relgalf Charitable Foundation

MULTI-PLATINUM LEVEL ($5,000-$9,999)
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)
Anonymous (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Alison Brown and Garry West, Compass Records Music Group (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee (“Utilizing Bluegrass—American Roots Music, in the  Classroom” teacher workshops)
Mary Tyler Doub (2019 Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholarship Award)
Cathy Fink (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Murphy Hicks Henry (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Mark Hodges, Mountain Fever Music Group (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (IBMA Bluegrass College Scholarship)
Network for Good
Peter Salovey & Martha Elisa Moret
Richard Spratt
Robb & Elizabeth Tyler Foundation

GOLD LEVEL ($750-$999)
Mike & Yvonne Tatar (in memory of Jerry Pujol of Napa, CA)
Ellen & John Wright

SILVER LEVEL ($500-$749)
Fred and Joy Bartenstein
Donald Cohen
Dan Dorschel
Bob & Carol Jeannin
Kitsy Kuykendall
Ruth McLain
John Sullivan (gift to son-in-law Stephen Weinberg)
Jeffrey Tingey
Alan Tompkins, Bluegrass Heritage Foundation
Trisha & John Tubbs
Wendy & Tom Tyner

PATRON ($100-$499)

Gloria Boyd
Dr. Richard Brown
Jason Burke
Susan Carson
Trudie Cushing
Regina & Jim Derzon
Wanda Dwyer
Bill Foster
Laurie Greenberg
Charmaine Gudgeon
Richard Hawkins
Si Kahn
Bill Knowlton
Colee Biller Littlefield, in honor of Floyd O. Salmon, Texas Bluegrass
Terry Mandell, in memory of Steve Mandell
Carrie Martin, in memory of Donald M. Warthan, Sr
Virginia Mills
Frederick & Karen Mulhauser
Sharon Mutter, in memory of Leo Fernandez
David D. Nesbit
Mark Panfil
Mary Faith Rhoads-Lewis, John Pearse Strings/Breezy Ridge Instruments
Jennifer Robbins, in honor of Judy Waldron’s 80th birthday
Jody & Patsy Sloan, in memory of Leo Fernandez
Leonard Springer
Tessa, The Intersection
Bob & Nancy Webster
Donald Wermuth (Sally Ann Forrester College Scholarship)
Willis Werter
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
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.

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