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

News time!

Fall is an exciting time of year for JAM and YAM programs across the region. Our 22 affiliates are getting ready to start things up again after a rainy summer break that, for some kids, included JAM camps. Caldwell County JAM will be finishing up their JAM camp this weekend at Happy Valley Fiddlers Convention where there will be a stage for JAM kids attached to the luthier tent. The stage will be open Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and any JAM or YAM student from anywhere to play! 30 students...

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Summer Camps & More

Many of our JAM and YAM affiliates have been busy this summer carrying on the old time and bluegrass traditions. Even though most schools across the countryside are on break, there have been many successful day camps for jammers in North Carolina and South Carolina. Every year, Preserving Our Southern Appalachian Music (POSAM) hosts the TAM YAM Camp in July in Pickens County, South Carolina. The POSAM organization works with Pickens County Schools to provide seven YAM (just like JAM) programs...

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OLDGRASS to play at Grove Park Inn’s 100th Birthday

In addition to their show this Thursday at Heartwood in Abingdon, VA, JAM Alumni, Jared Boyd and Daniel Greeson, will be performing at Asheville, North Carolina’s Grove Park Inn this Friday, July 12 with their band, OLDGRASS. The Grove Park Inn is celebrating their Centennial Birthday by partnering with the Blue Ridge National Heritage Area, the Asheville Museum of Art and other local organizations. OLDGRASS will be officially representing Junior Appalachian Musicians with their fusion of old...

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