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BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Making Bluegrass Happen

Dallas, TX   |  http://www.BluegrassHeritage.org

Mission

The mission of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is to preserve and promote the heritage of bluegrass music in America, with a focus on promoting bluegrass music in Texas.  The Foundation seeks to educate the public about this distinctly American form of music with roots in Irish, Scottish, and English traditional music through educational programs and workshops, public performances of bluegrass music, historic preservation efforts, and other similar programs.

Ruling year info

2008

Principal Officer

Alan Tompkins

Main address

P. O. Box 25032

Dallas, TX 75225 USA

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EIN

61-1556305

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Programs and results

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Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Play It Forward!

Working together with bluegrass associations and music teachers, Play It Forward!, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Instrument Lending Program, helps foster music literacy and performance skills in deserving young people by providing no-cost access to the primary bluegrass musical instruments such as mandolins, fiddles, banjos, and guitars.
As part of the Play It Forward! program, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation works with local bluegrass clubs and associations to find musicians and music teachers who are willing to become a "Bluegrass Mentor" for those young people who seek to borrow instruments under the program.
Program participants are asked to secure a sponsor or "bluegrass music mentor" in their area who will assist them in learning the basics of their chosen instrument and the etiquette of playing with others in a disciplined musical environment.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Bluegrass Music Event of the Year Award Nominee 2014

International Bluegrass Music Association

Bluegrass Music Event of the Year Award Nominee 2017

International Bluegrass Music Association

Bluegrass Music Event of the Year Award Nominee 2019

International Bluegrass Music Association

Bluegrass Music Event of the Year Award Nominee 2020

International Bluegrass Music Association

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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How we listen

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Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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BLUEGRASS HERITAGE FOUNDATION

Board of directors
as of 06/05/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alan Tompkins

Alan Tompkins

Gerald L. Jones

Kirk Seace

Julie Tompkins

Robert Hough

Matthew Tessier

Mark Porter

Board leadership practices

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  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/5/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

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