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

OLDGRASS Featured in The Crooked Road Youth Music Performance Series at Heartwood

Come check out JAM Alumni at Heartwood on Thursday, July 11! Abingdon, Virginia– The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail presents a concert by OLDGRASS on Thursday, July 11th from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. at Heartwood: Southwest Virginia’s Artisan Gateway in Abingdon, Virginia. The concert is part of The Crooked Road’s Youth Music Performance Series. OLDGRASS, a stellar youth group from Carroll County, VA, brings together high-powered old time and bluegrass musicians to play a blend of...

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JAM, Inc Receives NEA Grant

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Acting Chairman Joan Shigekawa announced on April 23 that Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc. (JAM, Inc.) is one of 817 nonprofit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. JAM, Inc is recommended for a $20,000 grant to support current and future JAM programs throughout the Southern Appalachian region. JAM, Inc’s Connect project will enhance and promote traditional musical programs through outreach to school systems and civic organizations...

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Meet JAM, Inc’s New Executive Director

The Board of Directors of Junior Appalachian Musicians, Inc is pleased to announce the appointment of Ed Baker as President and Executive Director. Ed succeeds Helen White who held the position since JAM's incorporation in 2008. Helen will continue to be involved with JAM and has assumed the title of Founder and Senior Advisor. Ed retired to Ashe County, NC in 2007 when he and his wife, CarolAnn, a clinical social worker, built a home on the New River. Since moving to the mountains, Ed has...

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