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

JAM & Hungry for Music featured on NPR’s Morning Edition

This morning Junior Appalachian Musicians and, the nonprofit, Hungry for Music were featured in NPR's Morning Edition airing of "Have A Musical Instrument Gathering Dust? Nonprofit Will Take Your Donation." Hungry for Music is a nonprofit organization that takes donated musical instruments and refurbishes them for children who need an instrument to use. Junior Appalachian Musicians has many members in the program that use instruments courtesy of Hungry for Music. The donated instruments that...

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Navigating JAM 2020-2021 Zoom Conference

                              Join us in sharing ideas, challenges and potential answers for JAM programs! Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88059224132?pwd=N1FRa0lMcFppSWdiVXBibnBCQVNlQT09 Meeting ID: 880 5922 4132 Passcode: pw6JYu

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Mountain Music for Kids, by VPM

Junior Appalachian Musicians: Mountain Music for Kids The musical culture of Southwest Virginia is steeped in Appalachian instruments like the banjo, fiddle and duclimer. Made possible by the Smith Mountain Arts Council, the Junior Appalachian Musicians affiliate in Franklin County, VA teaches traditional mountain music in an after school program. Presented by VPM, Virginia's Home for Public Media of Richmond, VA for PBS

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