Friday, 2 December 2011

Munich Bluegrass Friends to receive a Bluegrass Foundation grant in 2012

Two members of the Girlie Band performing in 2009,
photo courtesy of Thomas Betz

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music has just announced the grant recipients for 2012 which honor the legacies of Carlton Haney and Hazel Dickens. Congratulations to EBMA member Munich Bluegrass Friends, who will receive $2,500 as recipients of one share of the Hazel Dickens Artistic Development Awards. Based in Germany, the association will use their grant to establish a Bluegrass Youth Fund which will provide instruction for young people interested in learning to play bluegrass instruments in a band format. The Munich Friends organization formed in 2009, with the goal of building the bluegrass community in their region by teaching children and teens to play and improvise, how to arrange a song, how to put a set together for a band, how to book and advertise a concert, emcee and presentation skills, and more. Grants up to $400 Euros per person will pay for individual and group lessons for a year.

[read entire article at IBMA]

Angelika Torrie, chairperson of EBMA is very happy to see this committed organisation in Europe receive funds to develop their programme, which is vital to the future of bluegrass music in the nearer and farther environment. It is an acknowledgement of the work done outside of the US. In addition, Angelika encourages any similar initiatives and projects and is interested to learn about them in order that EBMA may support them with the means available.