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.

Bluegrass Coloring Book

Everything You Wanted to Know about Bluegrass and More!

Coloring Book by Art Maynor

The Foundation thanks the Maynor family for donating the rights for people to download their own copy of his coloring book.

Art Maynor’s story

Upon his discharge from the Marine Corp he went to college and earned a degree in education.  His first assignment was teaching fifth grade, he went on to teach art in high school, and eventually taught some art classes through WEDU, the educational channel.  His wife gave him a banjo one year and he decided to take lessons at the Bluegrass Parlor; a Tom Henderson owned it at that time.


Click the link below to see and download Art Maynor’s Bluegrass Coloring Book and history of Bluegrass for Primary grades.

EYWTKA Bluegrass music coloring book