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

Fundraiser Concert & Silent Auction

Please join us for a fundraiser concert and silent auction on Saturday, November 22 starting at 7 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Galax. The concert will feature five different lineups of regional music: Galax JAM students, Strictly Strings (a band formed by students of the Boone, NC JAM program), youth performers from the Close Kin: Our Roots Run Deep project, bluegrass music from Mountain Thunder, and old time dance band, the Dry Hill Draggers. The silent auction will feature local arts and...

read more

Welcome University School JAM!

We couldn't be prouder to extend our affiliation into the beautiful state of Tennessee. Please welcome University School JAM to the JAM family network. They are a K-12 Charter School on the campus of East Tennessee University in Johnson City.

read more

Introducing Scott County JAMS!

Scott County JAMS – A Crooked Road / JAM Program: A Traditional Music Program for Youth Starts in Gate City Beginning on September 16th, students in grades 4 through 8 in Scott County schools will have the opportunity to learn the traditional music of the region in a new after-school program at Shoemaker Elementary School in Gate City. The program, known as Scott County JAMS – A Crooked Road / JAM Program, will provide interested students with instruction on fiddle, banjo, or guitar from...

read more

Our Sponsors & Community Partners