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

Down on the Farm Music Fest

                                          Down on the Farm Music Fest will be held Saturday, July 9 as a double fundraiser for two of the region’s prominent historical and cultural arts organizations, Matthews Living History Farm Museum and Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc (JAM). Nine acts will take the stage beginning at 12 p.m. and will feature a range of musical styles, from old time,...

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Houston’s Bluegrass Bootcamp is back!

HoustonFest has partnered with Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc., the parent organization for 50+ after school JAM programs, to offer the third year of Houston’s Bluegrass Bootcamp during this year’s festival, coming up June 10-11, 2022 at Felt’s Park. Houston’s Bluegrass Bootcamp is a two-day traditional music education program for children grades 3-12, featuring workshops, classes and activities led by award-winning youth musicians of the region. The teacher lineup includes the popular...

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JAM Documentary to Premiere on Blue Ridge PBS

Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc., the headquarters office for 50+ after school JAM programs, has partnered with Blue Ridge PBS to release a 90-minute documentary, Bridging the Gap: a Journey through Appalachian Music, that will premiere on Roanoke’s Blue Ridge PBS (Channel 15) Saturday evening, May 7 at 9:00 p.m. EST. The documentary will also be available on demand via their ECHO streaming channel online any time after the premiere. ECHO is a streaming first digital channel that broadcasts...

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