IBMA Foundation’s Grant

We are thankful and delighted to receive support from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Foundation for our “Roots and Strings: The Foundations of Bluegrass” project.


During the week of April 25-28, the Bluegrass Ambassadors, a non-profit arm of the powerhouse bluegrass band Henhouse Prowlers, will travel from Chicago to teach the basics of bluegrass and regional roots music to all 1,100 fourth graders in the Cleveland County School District. They’ll also emphasize the African roots and African American influences on these genres, which are important to Cleveland County’s history. Students will learn how the banjo evolved from an African instrument that was introduced through the slave trade and later evolved from traditional playing styles to the three-finger technique made famous by Earl Scruggs. Incorporating county history, the Ambassadors will also share songs that connect students to the agricultural and textile history of Cleveland County.


We’re excited and can’t wait to share these programs with the children! Special thanks to our partners at Cleveland County Schools and other supporters in the community.


To learn more about the IBMA Foundation, as well as other recipient projects, check out their press release from Bluegrass Today.


To learn more about the Henhouse Prowlers and their incredible work around the globe as the Bluegrass Ambassadors, check out their website.