THE IBMA FOUNDATION

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:

2019

2018

2017

2016

2014

2013

2012

2011

 

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

Bluegrass in the Schools

The IBMA Foundation believes strongly in passing bluegrass music along to the next generation of fans and musicians.

One of our goals is to help educators (elementary – university level, including home schooling parents) to become more “bluegrass aware.”  Bluegrass music, a relatively new style of music (the classic sound jelled in the mid-‘40s with Bill Monroe and his Blue Grass Boys), is one of the very few musical genres to originate in the United States —so it has a roots music cultural value for American students in particular. Like jazz and blues, it’s also a valid style of music for teaching improvisational skills.

Perhaps more so than most other genres, bluegrass music connects students to a larger, multi-generational community of musicians and fans who love the music.  Learning to play a bluegrass instrument is usually a life skill—something that folks continue to do for a number of years after they leave high school music programs.

The “Bluegrass in the Schools” program includes:

  • A 67-minute educational DVD, Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music, complete with downloadable lesson plans for each of six units, targeting students age 8-13 (Prices: $5/each (for 1 or 2 DVDs, includes shipping)
    $3/each plus actual shipping cost for orders of 3 or more DVDs) For educational purposes only.
  • Teacher Workshops held in conjunction with major bluegrass festivals across the country, to give educators the tools to utilize bluegrass music in the classroom.
  • Matching $300 Mini-Grants to help fund live, educational presentations of bluegrass music for students
  • A variety of local programs implemented by our members, including: bluegrass camps and workshops at festivals, after school bluegrass clubs, two-week artist in residency programs where a bluegrass band works with orchestra students who already play stringed instruments, special bluegrass-related lesson plans and units planned during the school day, and live educational presentations from touring bands at school assemblies.
  • An online Bluegrass in the Schools Implementation Manual

For more info on The IBMA Foundation’s Bluegrass in the Schools program, contact us at (615) 260-4807, or email Nancy Cardwell- Foundation Administrator at info@bluegrassfoundation.org.