Owensboro’s Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum is one of 10 programs across the country to receive a total of $14,000 in grants from the International Bluegrass Music Association Foundation.
Nancy Cardwell, the foundation’s administrator, said the Hall of Fame will receive $1,000 to be used for group tours for students in the region.
“It is anticipated that more than 3,500 students will learn about the history and preservation of bluegrass music through these tours,” she said in a news release.
Chris Joslin, executive director of the Hall of Fame, said, “Educational tours for area students are offered as an introduction to bluegrass music and includes the history of the music genre, the role each of the instruments play in bluegrass music, a tour of the artifacts in the new expanded exhibit space, an opportunity to view the Video Oral History Project digital recordings of the pioneers of bluegrass music and occasionally a live performance will engage the group in the songs and stories associated with this genre of music that has American roots and international appeal.”
He said, “These tours have a significant impact on preserving the history of bluegrass music and introducing a new generation to this uniquely American art form. Tours are available for all age groups. This grant helps subsidize educational tours to keep the cost as low as possible.”
People interested in more information about tours can call the Hall of Fame at 270-926-7891.
Fred Bartenstein, foundation board chairman, said the current grants are the largest amount the organization has ever been able to award.
“We are grateful to our donors, whose generosity has made it possible to award grants to these very deserving programs,” he said in a news release.
Other recipients were The Bradford House Historical Association in Washington, Pennsylvania, for “Exploring the Roots of Bluegrass at the Whiskey Rebellion Festival”; the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day Festival in Grass Valley, California, for “Fostering Closer Ties with Japanese Pickers and Fans”; City of Morganton, North Carolina, for its Junior Appalachian Musicians Program; Durango Music Meltdown in Durango, Colorado, for its bluegrass in the schools program.
The Hindman Settlement School in Hindman for its “Pick & Bow After-School Music Program”; the Kanack School of Musical Artistry in Rochester, New York, for its bluegrass program; the Monroe Mandolin Camp in Nashville; the San Diego Bluegrass Music Society for its Summergrass Kids Camp; and the Wintergrass Youth Orchestra in Bellevue, Washington