Wednesday, 11 April 2007

IBMA's International Outreach Program: Application Deadline April 16

Over the last three years, IBMA has made financial resources available to foster the development of bluegrass music outside of the U.S. Twenty nine grant applications have been funded during that time for a total of $50,000.00.

In 2007, the board has allocated $20,000.00 in additional funds earmarked toward achieving two main goals:

1) Use IBMA World of Bluegrass events to expose international attendees to professional development opportunities and worldwide connections in the music.

2) Offer direct support to bluegrass professionals and organizational development efforts which foster the music's opportunities outside the USA.

Of the total allocated this year, $13,000.00 will be made available as scholarships for World of Bluegrass events (which can be used for registration fees, travel and/or accommodations) as well as other international activities which can be hosted during the convention. The remaining $7,000.00 will be available to fund new bluegrass projects which foster international cooperation and development outside the US.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Any IBMA professional member (organization or individual) based outside the US can apply for these financial resources in 2007 and must do so before April 16, 2007.

A special International Outreach Committee is responsible for the review process and will make decisions regarding grants by May 31.

For a complete set of criteria and application process, contact IBMA at info@ibma.org.