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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.

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Youth Contests at Surry Fiddlers!

The Surry Old Time Fiddlers Convention held at Surry Community College in Dobson, NC the last weekend of March will once again feature youth contests for fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, variety, folk song and dance. Kids must be 12 and under to qualify, and there are cash prizes!

For more information about the rules and other features of the fiddlers convention, such as workshops and a Friday night squaredance, please visit their website at surryoldtime.com

Don’t Miss These Deadlines!

We encourage all eligible programs to apply for these awards and grants coming up soon. Please contact the JAM, Inc office if you have questions or need assistance.

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Institute of Museum and Library Services is inviting applications for the 2014 National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards!

Each recipient will be awarded a generous $10,000!  Awards also include invitations to visit and accept the honor at The White House from First Lady Michelle Obama and to attend a conference this summer in Washington, D.C.  These lucky recipients also receive a great deal of press, which includes being featured on the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards website. Only 12 awards will be given, but JAM/YAM programs are a PERFECT fit. The only catch is that your JAM/YAM program must have been operational since January 2010.

Please visit the National Arts and Humanities Youth Program Awards website for more information. Applications are due by Monday, February 10.

 

The D’Addario Music Foundation is committed to inspiring and assisting the growth and appreciation of music throughout the world by partnering with passionate music educators. Through the generous support of D’Addario and Company, the D’Addario Foundation awards small grants and product donations to educational programs that offer sustained opportunities for active participation in music making particularly to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity. This foundation offers grants in two cycles each year, and the nearest deadline is approaching!

If your program has never applied to D’Addario for grant funding before, or has not received a grant in the past two years, a simple letter of inquiry is required.  Please submit these online to foundation@daddario.com no later than January 31, 2014. Please visit the D’Addario Music Foundation website for more information about what to include in your letter of inquiry.  You will receive a response by February 15 about whether or not you are invited to apply!

 

If you are located in the Central Appalachian Mountains, as most of our affiliates are, please consider applying for a Wayne Henderson Music Festival Scholarship this year! This festival awards scholarships to both individual students of traditional music (under the age of 18), as well as non profit organizations dedicated to providing traditional music education. Organization grants are for up to $1,000 to help fund instructors’ fees, student costs, or general operations. Many JAM programs have been included in the winners list in years past. The deadline to have your application received in the mail is March 15, 2014. For more information and an application, please visit the Wayne Henderson Music Festival website .

 

Please stay tuned for more JAM, Inc news and offers! Don’t forget to check out our Kruger Music Academy scholarship opportunity! (See blog post below).

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