Thursday, 21 July 2011

IBMM's 'Finish the Film' campaign

The International Bluegrass Music Museum at Owensboro, KY, is in the final stages of completing a full-length documentary video about Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass Music, in commemoration of the centenary of his birth on 13 September 1911. The Museum raised over $7,500 at its annual outdoor music festival, ROMP (23-25 June 2011), to kick-start the documentary campaign. The goal is to raise $50,000 to complete the documentary in time for the Museum's once-in-a-century Bill Monroe Centennial Celebration (12-14 Sept. 2011).

The Museum hopes for the support of bluegrass fans and music lovers everywhere. Donations to the campaign can be made in the next six weeks, either by (1) donating on the Museum's secure home page, or by (2) posting a bank draft to IBMM, 207 E. 2nd Street, Owensboro, KY 42303. Donors may choose from several premium 'thank you' gifts from the Museum. Full details are here.

Since 2003 the IBMM has recorded over 250 in-depth video interviews with bluegrass music's legendary first- and early second-generation performers. This collection represents the only comprehensive video archive of bluegrass music. Those interviewed include all the surviving members of Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.

The IBMM's press release can be read in full here. Contact Gabrielle Gray, IBMM Executive Director, by e-mail for further information, or visit the Museum's website.