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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

Regional JAM Kids Day Camp

Mark your calendars for May 21! JAM is offering a regional day camp for kids. JAM kids can sign up or workshops in fiddle, clawhammer banjo, guitar, string band, dance and singing/songwriting. Family members and other non-JAM kids are also welcome to attend; there will be lots of activities including hiking and an instrument petting zoo. The evening will culminate in performances from participating programs. Students, talk to your program director or teacher about signing up. For other questions or information, call the JAM office.

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Taylor Guitar Scholarship for JAM Kids

DEADLINE EXTENDED UNTIL MONDAY, MARCH 14!

JAM is extending this special “scholarship” opportunity to all JAM kids (please see PDF below for full information and application).  We have been given a Taylor Guitar and the donors want a special student to gain access to it, so JAM is offering it as a scholarship instrument on loan.  This means the guitar would be available to the child as long as he/she is in a JAM program.  That way, after they go on to graduate, the guitar can go on to another student.

If you have students in mind who would benefit from this instrument, please encourage them to complete the short and easy application and enter the pool for the Taylor.

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This is made possible by our partnership with Hungry for Music, a wonderful nonprofit organization out of Washington, DC. hfm 2014 logo

Ashe JAM Offers Extra Jams!

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THIS OPPORTUNITY HAS BEEN EXPANDED! Ashe JAM is continuing to offer a great “jam” opportunity to young pickers. Join instructors and master musicians Chris Testerman and Martha Spencer at the Ashe Civic Center in Jefferson on Tuesday evenings, March 1 and March 8 for jamming!

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