2015 Grant Winners From The Foundation For Bluegrass Music!

Image635585339673873525The Foundation for Bluegrass Music announced the four programs that will receive funding grants from the Foundation in 2015. Each program will receive a $2,000 grant:

Junior Appalachian Musicians
Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. helps communities provide opportunities for children to participate in the old-time and bluegrass music and dance traditions of the Southern Appalachians.

Toe River Arts Council
TRAC sponsors the Toe River Chamber Ensemble, a group of 20-25 volunteer musicians, who meet weekly to rehearse, then perform concerts throughout the year in schools and local churches. Music in the Mountains Folk Festival, dedicated to the “preservation of mountain music and culture”, happens in the fall with old time string bands, ballad singers, clogging, storytelling and blue grass.

West Virginia University
West Virginia University Bluegrass and Old-Time Instruction in Morgantown, WV.

Wheeling Park High School Bluegrass Bands
More recently, high schools have begun offering bluegrass bands as an alternative to a regular orchestra or marching band. One of those high schools is Wheeling Park High School in Wheeling, WV. The bluegrass band at Wheeling Park was created in 1993 when teacher Bob Turbanic decided that students were listening to the wrong kinds of music. He had grown up on bluegrass music, and thought that the kids he was teaching should be exposed to that style of music as well.

"We were very happy to receive so many very worthwhile applications for our grants this year," said Mark Panfil, Chairperson for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music. "It encourages us to hear of the many places, throughout the country, where people are working to spread Bluegrass music, but it also makes the decision process so difficult for the members of this board. We believe the programs that we chose focus most directly on Bluegrass music, and addressed specific needs as identified by the board in the Bluegrass music community."

"We would like to thank all of the organizations that applied this year and encourage those who we couldn’t manage to help with funding to re-apply next year," Panfil added.  The application deadline for the 2016 Grant Cycle is December 1, 2015. Click Here For Details & To Apply

Created in 2007, the Foundation for Bluegrass Music is a non-profit charitable organization (501c3) created to serve as an "umbrella" under which funds can be placed and disbursed to support educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities of public benefit. In addition to these yearly grants, the Foundation also funds such projects as Bluegrass in the Schools and various workshops and camps for all aspects of the industry. To find out more about the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, visit www.bluegrassfoundation.org

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