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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

Your Donation Counts

We are in the middle of our fall fundraiser here at JAM, Inc!

If you have not received our pledge card in the mail, please take a minute and consider making your holiday donation today by using PayPal!

Frequently Asked Questions

Why does JAM, Inc have to operate on donations?

This year, our activities at JAM, Inc are thankfully funded partially through grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Virginia Commission for the Arts, the Harris and Frances Block Foundation, HoustonFest, and the Wayne Henderson Festival. However, a non-profit is not sustainable if it depends 100% on grant funding. We rely on the donations of our supporters to keep going year to year! Grant awards and donations keep us from charging communities and affiliates for our resources and consultation/training services.

Does JAM, Inc give money to its affiliates?

No. Currently, each JAM, Inc affiliated program is self-sufficient. However, we are able to provide JAM teachers and administrators with stipends for attending training sessions and workshops. If you would like to donate to a specific program, please see our Affiliate Directory

What else does JAM, Inc provide its affiliates with?

In addition to paid teacher and administrator training and workshop opportunities, our affiliated programs are allowed to use the JAM name and program model, which includes all of our guides, forms and templates needed to start and maintain a program. We also are on-call to help solve problems as they arise, and we also evaluate each program annually to determine success and risk factors. JAM, Inc also provides programs with instruments on loan and donations of strings, as available. Our resources additionally include teacher guides, student monitoring materials, coordination of regional student gatherings, and a comprehensive website with webpages for each program and endless instructional and learning resources!

We are committed to healthy, safe, efficient and fun after school traditional music education!

What all is involved in setting up new programs?

JAM, Inc often partners with other organizations to develop new JAM programs in communities. Currently, there are JAM affiliates in Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, but we are not stopping there. In the beginning, we recommend to interested parties that an advisory board for the potential JAM program is formed. After the advisory board is in action, we will travel to meet with them to provide consultation on identifying the community’s needs, developing a plan and a budget, and numerous other first steps, such as fundraising. After funding is secured, JAM, Inc will travel to meet with the group again to continue consultation services and help develop policies. As development continues, JAM, Inc is readily available through telephone and e-mail to provide consultative services and advice. When the program is nearly ready to begin, we also provide teacher training for the newly hired instructors and administrator training for the program director and/or site supervisor. JAM, Inc gives each program (free of charge) all of the materials they need, plus strings, passports and instruments as available!

Do you have more questions? Please contact us anytime at (276) 773-0573 or

Winter Jubilee!

Join our affiliates, the Young Appalachian Musicians, for their annual Winter Jubilee on January 18!

For more information, please click here to download the press release.

JAM Teacher Workshops

The first regional fall workshop for JAM teachers held Saturday, November 9 at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA was very successful! There were 15 total teachers representing seven different JAM programs from Southwest Virginia and Northwest North Carolina. JAM, Inc staff person Brett Morris Martin facilitated throughout the afternoon; however, the workshop was set up for teacher sharing, as most Regional JAM workshops are, which means an open forum for all instructors to discuss their challenges, successes and ideas for passing along traditional music to children throughout Appalachia. On Saturday, the topics focused on differentiating instruction for different types of learners, as well as ways to monitor student progress. After the participants took a quiz about their own learning style, we found out that none of the great musicians in the room were overwhelmingly auditory learners!

This workshop will be repeated this Saturday at the Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain, NC from 1 – 4 p.m. Other teachers of traditional music or musicians are welcome to attend, but only instructors in a JAM, Inc affiliated program will be able to receive a stipend for participating.

If you want to attend this Saturday, Nov. 16 and have not yet RSVP’ed or would like additional information, please contact Brett at (276) 773-0573 or

Thanks to everyone for coming out to Heartwood on Saturday and those who are planning on Black Mountain!

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