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

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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JAM Honors Community Leader

JAM Honors Community Leader Independence, VA — For the past six years, Anthony Edwards of Galax, Virginia, has dedicated countless hours to Junior Appalachian Musicians, an organization with a mission close to his heart. Better known locally as JAM, the nonprofit parent organization provides communities with the tools and support they need to teach children to play and dance to traditional old time and bluegrass music. More than 50 after school programs are located across the four-state region...

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The Bluegrass Standard

The Bluegrass Standard Magazine covers everything in and around bluegrass, Americana, folk, and gospel music, keeping fans up to date on what and who is coming, while also educating you on who and what has been. Check out their latest issue, featuring JAM!

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