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 Lesson Plans


Below you will find award-winning lesson plans you may use to incorporate bluegrass music into your classroom or home school.  They have been organized by content categories and grade levels in order to easily identify a lesson plan that fits your needs.

Discover Bluegrass DVD

The following lesson plans have been developed to go along with IBMA’s educational DVD – Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music.

Age level: grades 3-8

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Early Elementary, K-grade 2

Froggie’s Wedding with “Frog & Friends” – Subject: Music

Steady Beat & Fiddle Tunes  – Subject: Music

Crawdad Hole with the “Crawdad” Actors – Subject: Music

Upper Elementary, grades 3-5

The Fox & The Hound Dog – Subject: Music, English/Language Arts, Technology

Even 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders Can Play Guitars – Subject: Music

The Instruments & Sounds of Bluegrass – Subjects: Citizenship, Language Arts, Mathematics

Bluegrass Vocal Harmony and the “High Lonesome Sound” – Subject: Music

Middle School, grades 6-8

Perspectives on a Legend: Exploring & Analyzing John Henry, Man and Music   – Subject: Language Arts

Beyond Jam Sessions: Hosting a Bluegrass Festival Subjects: Music, Social Studies, Science, Math, Technology

Bluegrass Band On The Road – Subject: Math

Star Quest – Subjects:  Language Arts, Technology

Bluegrass and Break-ups – Subject: Language Arts

Jed’s Tennessee Journey    (Tennessee Land Form) – Subjects: Social Studies

Do You Hear What I Hear – Subjects: Music, Visual Arts, Language Arts, Technology

“I Am A Man of Constant Sorrow” : Bios of Bluegrass – Subjects: Music, Visual Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology

“The Good Times Are Past And Gone” : The History of Bluegrass – Subjects: Music, Visual Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology

Where in the World are Gibson & Martin G’Tar? : Bluegrass Around the World – Subjects: Music, Visual Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts, Technology

“Be Good To My Little Baby Girl” : Taking Care of our Bluegrass Instruments – Subjects: Music, Visual Arts, Language Arts, Speech,Theater, Technology

Immigration in the Mid-19th Century – Subject: Social Studies

High School, grades 9-12

Bluegrass Murder Ballads: Comparisons & Compositions – Subjects: English, American History, Voice & Instrument, Criminal Justice

Bluegrass Topics for the National History Day Contest – Subjects: Social Studies/Language Arts

Brothers, Sisters & The Lyrics of Bluegrass – Subject: Language Arts

Informative Speech – Subjects: Language Arts, Public Speaking

John Steinbeck’s Use of Music in The Grapes of Wrath – Subjects: Language Arts

UTunes Your History as a Song – Subject: Social Studies