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

Attention JAM Instructors!

It is that time of year again! Our regional JAM teacher workshops are coming up soon. Attendees working at an affiliated JAM program will receive a travel stipend and lunch! Reserve your spot today in either Marion, VA on March 4 at the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, or on March 25 in Marshall, NC at the Madison County Arts Council. Both workshops will feature sessions on teaching methodologies for fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar and string band. For more info and to register,...

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JAM’s Footprint

This fall, JAM is reaching over 1,500 kids in North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. We have welcomed two new programs in East Tennessee: Hancock Co. JAM and Johnson Co. JAM, as well as Blue Ridge JAM in North Carolina and Carroll Co. JAM in Virginia. Stay tuned for more as we climb the mountains and valleys of the Appalachian Mountains, filling them with music!

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