Youth are the future of bluegrass music!

That’s why the IBMA has a youth membership ($15 annually) that extends full professional member benefits for young people. If you will celebrate your 17th birthday in your membership year, or if you are younger than that, you can be an IBMA youth member!

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Kids On Bluegrass

The Kids On Bluegrass program spotlights the talents of young bluegrass musicians and singers (4-17 years old) at IBMA World Of Bluegrass.

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IBMA World of Bluegrass Youth Events

The IBMA Youth Council is programming a special series of events just for youth at IBMA World of Bluegrass. Youth-centered jams, seminars, workshops, performances, and more will be taking place all week! Stay tuned for details on 2020 Youth Programming events.

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Bluegrass in the Schools

Bluegrass music connects students to a larger community that’s multi-generational and international, and features a blend of musicians (pro and amateur) and fans. Like jazz and blues, bluegrass is an excellent style of music for teaching improvisational skills.

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Bluegrass College Showcase

The IBMA Foundation works with institutions of higher education to encourage young bluegrass musicians to pursue bluegrass on a serious level. The IBMA Foundation’s website hosts a list of institutions with bluegrass degree programs, ensembles, courses and/or research opportunities.


Youth Council

Founded in 2012, the IBMA Youth Council is comprised of dedicated youth active in the bluegrass community. The Youth Council strives to provide an outlet and direction for an up-and-coming generation of bluegrass and roots musicians and budding industry professionals, including organizing the youth track of events at IBMA World of Bluegrass.

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