Just in time to celebrate the announcement of four “Bluegrass Innovator” grants for 2013, the Foundation For Bluegrass Music has released a new video featuring some of the genre’s brightest stars.
Grammy winner Alison Brown and some extraordinary young musicians, including Sierra Hull, Molly Tuttle, and Lucas White are featured in the Foundation’s new promotional video, which was directed and edited by Joseph T. Spence of the Telly Award-winning Veritas Media Group.
See the video below.
A total of $8,000 in grants will be distributed in 2013: to music instruction at a legendary California venue; a program to fund music in the classrooms of Clay County, WV; to a Colorado festival’s program for kids; and a group that preserves the traditional musical heritage of The Crooked Road.
The educational program at The Freight and Salvage, a legendary bluegrass/ acoustic venue in Berkeley, CA, will be expanded to continue year-round instruction with visiting and resident teachers like Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Laurie Lewis, Bill Evans, Avram Siegel and Eric Thompson. The grant received by The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail will be used to develop a roster of artists willing and able to present quality bluegrass music in schools in the 19-county region. The Durango Bluegrass Meltdown, a festival in Durango, CO, will apply its grant to the expansion of its current Kids Program from 11 events over one weekend to 28 events hosted over the course of a year. Clay County, WV will use its grant to fund Guitars in the Classroom teacher training, song-leading and playing, and to invite 2,000 students to participate in after-school music clubs, daily classroom music integration, and assemblies.
The grants were named in honor of two legendary contributors to the genre, both who passed away in 2012: banjo player Earl Scruggs, a member of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame; and California event producer Warren Hellman, a recipient of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award.
The Foundation for Bluegrass Music, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization created in 2007 to help collect and distribute funds to support educational, literary, artistic and historic preservation activities of public benefit. The 2014 grant process is expected to open in summer of 2013. Qualifying for a grant is a competitive process, and candidates must meet the Foundation’s Grant Application Guidelines. Visit bluegrassfoundation.org website or call (615) 256-3222 for more information.