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.

Artist Training Workshops


Bluegrass in the SchoolsAre you in a touring or local band who is interested in sharing bluegrass with young people?  Foundation for Bluegrass Music offers half-day training located in various regions of thew U.S., usually affiliated with major festivals or bluegrass association meetings—where artists will already be in attendance.  Event producers and association leaders interested in helping to develop bluegrass programs for local students are also welcome at these workshops.


Course content includes the following:

  • A live demonstration of a bluegrass program for students, from an experienced band, with a Q & A session.
  • Info on current IBMA Foundation tools available, including the Discover Bluegrass DVD & lesson plans, Mini-Grant application info, regional teacher workshops, the online Bluegrass in the Schools Implementation Manual and more.
  • A “tip sheet” for artists that includes ideas on how to develop and present educational bluegrass programs for students, based on a survey of 20 bands who are currently doing a good job at this already.
  • Information on how to pitch Bluegrass in the Schools programs to local schools, and also ideas about how to fund them.

For information on hosting a Bluegrass in the Schools training in conjunction with your festival or event, call Nancy Cardwell at 615-260-4807, or email