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

Arts Partnership to Offer JAM in TN

Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. (JAM) has announced its partnership with South Arts of Atlanta, Georgia. The two non-profit organizations will be collaborating on In These Mountains: Central Appalachian Folk Arts & Culture, a special project that will focus on developing seven new after school JAM programs throughout Eastern Tennessee. South Arts is a non-profit, Regional Arts Organization whose mission is to advance Southern vitality through the arts. Their work responds to the arts...

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JAM Welcomes New Program Director

Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. (JAM) has announced the recent hire of traditional music educator, Jim Lloyd, of Rural Retreat. JAM is the parent organization for more than 40 after school Junior Appalachian Musicians programs throughout North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. The non-profit is a resource center for the students, teachers and families, with an overall mission to help provide the tools and support communities need to teach children to play and dance to...

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