New Program highlights the “I” in IBMA
NASHVILLE (March 9, 2022) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) today announced the creation of a new program focused on international bluegrass performers – the IBMA International Band Performance Grant. The new program started by IBMA – led by the generous matching donation of Paul and Alys Schiminger – seeks to raise matching funds up to $50,000 and plans award grants of financial assistance to one or more selected international bands to participate and perform at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass® (September 27-October 1, 2022 in Raleigh, NC).
The program, led by an IBMA-appointed International Band Steering Committee, will also help to establish follow-up tours in the United States for the bands selected for the year following the IBMA World of Bluegrass. Additionally, more opportunities are planned for the world’s largest bluegrass event in Raleigh – including more opportunities for all international bands to perform. The Steering Committee hopes to build a system of permanent funding to assist international bands for many years in the future.
“We remain committed to helping the IBMA and the bluegrass community we care so much about, and we know serving the international constituents effectively has always been logistically and financially challenging. We hope by pledging our matching gift to this exciting new program, the community will donate generously to make it a game-changing step forward to empower artists all over the world!” said Paul and Alys Schiminger.
More details on the fundraising campaign, application process, and international programs at the IBMA World of Bluegrass will be announced soon. For further information, please contact Pat Morris, IBMA’s Executive Director at [email protected].
Ally Lubera, IBMA
[email protected], (615) 256-3222