Project grant report from New Mexico & Colorado
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
By Lindsay Taylor The Queen Bee Music Association’s Kids Bluegrass Camp for musicians age 7-15 is held annually in July in Crested Butte, Colorado, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. The mission of the Queen Bee Music Association is to support musicians in every stage of their careers, no matter what age, aspiration, or ability. We were awarded a $1,500 grant from the IBMA Foundation in 2023. What a year of jamming! Queen Bee Music Association’s Kids Bluegrass Camps, held one week in Crested Butte, Colorado, and another in Santa Fe, New Mexico, were filled with learning, singing, and playing. In Creste ..read more
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Ben Gilmore bequest benefits IBMA Foundation
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
In January 2024, the IBMA Foundation received a $30,000 donation from the estate of Benjamin Gilmore, designated for the Fletcher Bright Memorial Grant for Young Musicians (age 21 and younger), the Sally Ann Forrester Scholarship for female bluegrass musicians attending college, and for the Arnold Shultz Fund which encourages more participation in bluegrass from people of color. Ben Gilmore, of Winthrop and South Whidbey Island, Washington, passed away mid-April 2022 at the age of 66 from natural causes. According to his sister, Janet Gilmore, Ben was a sweet-spirited man who hid his vulnerabi ..read more
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Foundation to raffle Lisa Sorrell cowboy boots March 1
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
$20/one ticket or $100/six tickets Drawing: Friday, March 1, 2024, noon Eastern Time, live streamed at facebook.com/bluegrassfoundation/ Enter the raffle here: https://go.rallyup.com/ibmafdnboots/Campaign/Details The IBMA Foundation will raffle a pair of Louvin Brothers tribute custom cowboy boots valued at $14,500 on February 29, and ticket sales open Thursday, February 1. Tickets will be offered at the $20 level for one ticket, or $100 for six tickets. There is no limit to the number of tickets each person may purchase. Raffle tickets are available at Bluegrassfoundation.org/raffle fro ..read more
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Pisgah Banjo raffle to benefit Arnold Shultz Fund
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
The Pisgah Banjo Company is excited to announce another chance to win a unique custom banjo! Raffle tickets are $20 each and all proceeds will benefit the Arnold Shultz Fund, a grant program dedicated to people of color pursuing traditional old-time and bluegrass music. Again this year, a portion of the funds raised will be designated for a Black Banjo Reclamation Project gourd banjo building workshop. The goal is to sell 2,000 tickets and raise $40,000. Click here to purchase raffle tickets from February 1 – 29, 2024.   The prize banjo was made from the 2022 U.S. Capitol Christ ..read more
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Donor spotlight: Peter Thompson
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
Peter Thompson, producer and host of Bluegrass Signal on KALW Public Media/91.7 FM in San Francisco, California, is a faithful supporter of the IBMA Foundation. Originally from Michigan, Peter’s radio story began on Vancouver Co-Op Radio in 1975. While living in Canada, he served as a program and music director, was for many years a freelance DJ for CBC Radio, taught in a college media program, cofounded Vancouver’s Pacific Bluegrass & Old Time Music Society, and served on its board for a decade. After having the distinct good fortune to marry bluegrass bandleader/songwriter Kathy Kallick ..read more
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IBMA Foundation announces 2024 project grant recipients
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
The IBMA Foundation recently awarded $25,600 in project grants to 14 bluegrass programs in nine states plus the Czech Republic, Great Britain, and Ireland. This year’s total for the long-running, flagship program of the IBMA Foundation is up from $24,000 in 2023; $21,334 in 2022; and $14,000 in 2021.   “A diverse list of recipients for 2024 will support bluegrass education for both young people and adults,” said board chair Fred Bartenstein. “We are grateful to donors who continue to support the Foundation. Their generosity has helped to support very deserving programs.” Some of this year ..read more
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A message from Nancy Cardwell
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
3w ago
Here’s a February Valentine for you! Thanks so much for everything you do to create, support, and share bluegrass music with the world. A special thanks to those who have made recent donations to one of the many IBMA Foundation grant programs, scholarships, and other work to help make the future of bluegrass brighter for future generations. If you’re still looking for a way to get involved and help, here are some ideas: $500 pays for a live, educational presentation of bluegrass music for students at a school through our Bluegrass in the Schools Mini-Grant program. $500 pays for ..read more
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Shultz Fund grant report from China
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
1M ago
Happy New Year! May you be healthy and joyful in 2024! Thanks to support of Arnold Shultz Fund, I made lots of fun bluegrass banjo videos from 2022 to 2023, which left me with much precious memory. Thank you for your support, and I will keep making bluegrass videos for my students to practice with in the future. Here are the links to my recent videos: “Jingle Bells” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kNeOoaTNyzQ “Don’t Think Twice” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lm7G98UIXQU The grant was used to produce six bluegrass videos: “Forever and Ever Amen,” “Amarillo by Morning,” “Red Wing,” “Sailor ..read more
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Project grant report from Missouri
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
1M ago
The Bluegrass Battles Hunger event in St. Joseph, Missouri was a huge success!   We were fortunate to engage Ellie Grace for the vocal harmony workshop, made possible by the funds received from the IBMA Foundation for our Artist in Residency program. The workshop was offered free of charge and was open to the public. My family and I, including my husband and our five-year-old, attended, and it was truly a delightful experience. Ellie Grace proved to be a patient and thoughtful teacher, making the learning process thoroughly enjoyable. Holding the attention of a five-year-old for an entire ..read more
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January 31 deadline for Shultz Fund grants
The IBMA Foundation
by bluegrassfound
1M ago
Applications for Arnold Shultz Fund grants are due January 31, 2024. Click here to download the application. Please check out the video here. The Fund awarded a total of almost $29,000 in grants in 2023 for activities that increase participation in bluegrass music by people of color. People of color are people with racial/ethnic backgrounds that are underrepresented in bluegrass:  Black, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Indigenous First People, Indigenous Pacific Islander, etc. Applicants may be individuals, schools, groups, organizations, or government entities. Priority ..read more
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