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.

Teacher Workshops


The IBMA Foundation hosts teacher workshops each year with the goal of introducing bluegrass music to classroom and music teachers at all levels (including home schooling parents), by giving them practical lesson plans and tools to implement bluegrass music in the classroom.

The courses, with attendance certificates issued for professional development credit, usually include live presentations by professional bands who demonstrate the instruments used and vocal harmony structure, lesson plans on the history and evolution of bluegrass music with hands-on projects and activities for students, and live presentations from student bands with advice from educators who are already using bluegrass successfully in their schools and camps.

A number of bluegrass music resources and take-home handouts, including info from IBMA Foundation’s Discover Bluegrass: Exploring American Roots Music DVD and accompanying lesson plans, are shared with teachers, along with a free one-day festival pass to the event going on during the teacher workshop.

To request info on how to organize a teacher workshop in your area, contact Nancy Cardwell at