JAM believes

that children who are actively engaged in traditional mountain music are more connected and better prepared to strengthen their communities for future generations.

We envision

a world in which all children have the opportunity to experience community through the joy of participating in traditional mountain music together.

Our mission

is to provide communities with the support and tools they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music.

What’s Happening in the JAM World

Earl Scruggs Music Festival Regional JAM Event

This amazing partnership between Junior Appalachian Musicians, Tryon Fine Arts Center (PacJAM), Earl Scruggs Music Festival and Tryon International Equestrian Center is back for the second year of this new festival! Registration provides JAM Kids and parents with festival tickets, access to high-profile workshops, and an overall super dynamic regional JAM gathering. This event is also partially funded by the IBMA Foundation. Register online here. As part of this event, JAM is also hosting a...

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Down on the Farm Youth Day Camp and Showcase

JAM is proud to partner with the Matthews Living History Farm Museum to support this day camp activity, culminated with a Youth Showcase on Saturday, July 8! Youth will learn about turn of the century living, including seed to table food preparation and animal care, in addition to traditional music exploration and learning.

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Youth Music Festival and Competition

Join us Saturday, May 13 to enjoy this youth event in Southwest Virginia hosted by The Crooked Road at the SWVA Cultural Center and Marketplace (formerly known as Heartwood). This event features workshops and competition for youth musicians.

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