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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

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

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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...

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Scholarship Opportunity!

Hello, JAM world, Happy New Year! We have an exciting opportunity to extend to our JAM, Inc affiliates. Due to the generosity of Scott & Mimi Thomas and The Kruger Brothers, we are very happy to be offering a scholarship opportunity to one young musician who is currently, or has previously, been connected with an actively affiliated JAM or YAM program in NC, SC and VA. The scholarship will cover all camp fees (including meals) for the annual Kruger Music Academy held May 2-3, 2014 (Friday &...

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