Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle

The winner of the 2022 Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle will receive a 2010 VRB-3 Truetone Huber Banjo in pristine condition, valued at $4,100.


Only 5,000 tickets to be sold at $20 each or 6 for $100!

Drawing: May 20, 2022, live streamed at

The IBMA Foundation announces its second annual Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle. The prize is a mint condition 2010 VRB-3 Truetone Huber Banjo, valued at $4,100, with two cases and straps. The banjo was donated by longtime IBMA Foundation supporter Richard Spratt.

Only 5,000 tickets will be offered, at $20 each or 6 for $100. There is no limit to the number of tickets each person may purchase. Raffle tickets may be purchased at from April 1 (9 a.m. ET) to May 19, 2022 021 (midnight, ET. )

The VRB-3 is Huber Banjo’s recreation of the pre-war style-3 banjo, the most common of all the 1930s flatheads. It features a mahogany neck and resonator, with a 1930s style Huber HR-30 tone ring and Huber engineered rim.

The mahogany neck imparts a sweetness to this model, with a warm blending of notes that create a classic bluegrass sound. The rosewood fingerboard and double-cut headstock overlay are inlaid with a vintage style-3 pattern. It is finished with a natural mahogany stain, with antiqued binding and antique metal finish on the nickel parts. Grained ivoroid tuner buttons complete the vintage look on this model. This particular instrument features a wreath inlay pattern.

The Huber banjo comes with the original hard shell case, a heavy-duty fabric case with backpack straps, a leather strap, a cloth strap, an electronic tuner, and a Blue Chip thumb pick.

Remember: The more tickets purchased, the better chance of winning.

Ticket purchases support the work of the IBMA Foundation year round, including: project grants for bluegrass camps and afterschool programs for kids, bluegrass academies at festivals, bluegrass academic conferences; mini-grants for bands to present educational bluegrass programs at schools; college scholarships for students focusing on bluegrass-related majors, broadcast media, sound engineering, songwriting, or other studies; the Neil Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award, the annual Bluegrass College Band Showcase at World of Bluegrass; Arnold Shultz Fund grants to encourage participation in bluegrass music by people of color; and a variety of educational resources for educators and students of all ages.

The IBMA Foundation is offering sequentially numbered digital raffle tickets, each including a unique and secure number. The purchaser will receive an emailed receipt with ticket information for verification purposes.

Purchasers must be living U.S. residents, 18 years of age or older, to participate and win. Where fundraising raffles are illegal in a community, those residents will be unable to participate (states that prohibit raffles altogether are Hawaii and Utah).

Members of the IBMA Foundation board or those involved in conducting the raffle—including staff members or immediate family members of these individual—are not allowed to purchase a raffle ticket. “Immediate family” is defined as spouse or partner, children, parents, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren, in-laws, or spouses of children.

Although all proceeds will benefit the IBMA Foundation, purchase of raffle tickets is not a tax-deductible expense (IRS regulation). The drawing will take place in North Carolina and will be live-streamed on the IBMA Foundation Facebook page. This raffle has been organized in compliance with North Carolina General Statutes 14-309.15—Raffles. The giveaway is conducted by and benefits the IBMA Foundation.


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