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Our two types of Grants

Annual Bluegrass Foundation grants- (up to $2000 each) are designed to assist programs that align with the goals of the Foundation. The 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

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and many Mini Grants (Bluegrass performances for kids)


Discover Bluegrass DVD

Exploring American Roots Music

Discover Bluegrass DVDFor educational use only in schools, associations, libraries and with home schooling families. Contact Foundation for Bluegrass Music for broadcast info

$5/each (for 1 or 2 DVDs, includes shipping)
$3/each plus actual shipping cost for orders of 3 or more DVDs

To order:
Email Nancy Cardwell- Foundation Administrator

Discover Bluegrass introduces young (and young at heart) viewers to an original, joyful and uniquely American genre of acoustic roots music. Six instructional units, each roughly 10 minutes in length, explore the history and evolution of bluegrass music, starting with its old-time music roots and continuing through contemporary styles. Demonstrations include a look at the unique vocal harmony structure used in bluegrass music, along with info on the instruments used and their roles within a band. Individual lesson plans for each unit are included, designed to address educational performance standards. Hosted by rising bluegrass stars Sierra Hull and Ryan Holladay, Discover Bluegrass presents the genre from a youthful perspective, complete with live interviews, performance footage, historic photos and songs from bluegrass music’s biggest stars—past, current and future!

VHS versions of this film also available.
$6/each (for 1 or 2 VHS, includes shipping)
$5/each plus actual shipping cost for orders of 3 or more VHS

Length of entire film: 67 minutes

Target age level: 8-13, grades 3-8

Download Lesson Plans for the DVD

I. The Roots of Bluegrass (10:28)
II. Early Bluegrass (11:33)
III. The Growth & Expansion of Bluegrass Music (11:30)
IV. Singing in Bluegrass Music (8:36)
V. Bluegrass Instruments (12:18)
VI. Bluegrass Music Today (11:00)

Hosts: Sierra Hull & Ryan Holladay

Featuring interviews & performance footage from The Andals; Sam Bush; The Chapmans; J.D. Crowe & the New South; Jerry Douglas; Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs & the Foggy Mountain Boys; Bela Fleck; The Del McCoury Band with Vince Gill; The David Grisman Quintet; Hot Rize; Alison Krauss + Union Station; The Malpass Family; Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys; Jim & Jesse McReynolds; Bill Monroe & The Blue Grass Boys; Muleskinner; Nickel Creek; Old & In the Gray; The Osborne Brothers; The Peasall Sisters; The Reeltime Travelers; Don Reno; Peter Rowan; The Seldom Scene; The Shankman Twins; Ricky Skaggs; The Special Consensus; Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys; Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and more!

Produced by: Greg Cahill & Nancy Cardwell

Written & Directed by: Steve Parry & Eric Farnaus, Image Base, Chicago, Ill.

Original Script written by: Jack Tottle

Lesson Plans: Tom Kopp, Ph.D.
(In the DVD version, you can download and print lesson plans for all six units!)

Major funding provided by the membership of IBMA, Bluegrass Unlimited, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, the California Bluegrass Association, the Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association and the Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Association.

Click here to stream the contents of each chapter of the Discover Bluegrass DVD