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Applications For IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass Class Due On November 15

The Northern California Bluegrass Society is a longtime organizational member of the International Bluegrass Music Association.

NCBS Members should consider applying for the 2017 IBMA Leadership Bluegrass class to be held March 20-22, 2017 in Nashville. For more information, ask NCBS president  (Michael Hall) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com or another Leadership Bluegrass graduate.

Applications are due on November 15, 2016.

Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Scholarship Fund Assists Deserving Music Camp Students At This Weekend’s Fall Session

Ingrid Noyes

The committee that runs the Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund has awarded two partial scholarships to deserving students for the fall camp, which will be held this weekend, October 6-9, 2016, near Petaluma.

One recipient is a 13-year-old aspiring bass player whose father has been unemployed for much of the past year. The other is a college student who plays banjo & guitar and will earn the balance of her camp tuition by assisting with the camp’s youth program.

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

Thanks to Ingrid Noyes, who runs the music camp, which is held each spring and fall and is open to both adults and children. Thanks also to the NCBS committee that manages the fund.

And, a Big Thanks to the generous bluegrass scholarship fund donors, whose contributions support bluegrass education in our area!


Walker Creek Music Camp

Foundation For Bluegrass Music Awards Prestigious Grant To NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The Foundation For Bluegrass Music (Nashville) has awarded one of only four 2016 grants to support children’s bluegrass education to the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund.

The prestigious nationwide grant was announced at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Luncheon at the World Of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC on September 29, 2016.

NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The NCBS fund accepts donations and awards partial or full scholarships to deserving young students at the Walker Creek Music Camp, which is held each Spring & Fall at the Walker Creek Environmental Education Center & Ranch near Petaluma. A NCBS committee manages the four-year-old fund.

The Walker Creek Music Camp was established in 2013 by Camp Director Ingrid Noyes. The residential camp educates both adults and children in instrumental and vocal instruction, with nationally-recognized instructors.

Ingrid Noyes

Walker Creek Music Camp Kids

The FBM also awards a college scholarship each year to a student studying bluegrass music. Palo Alto’s Molly Tuttle was one of the past recipients.

Thanks to all the donors, now including the Foundation For Bluegrass Music, as well as all the NCBS volunteers, for making this scholarship fund available to young aspiring bluegrass students in Northern California.

Information: Walker Creek Music Camp.

Donate To The NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund In Time To Assist Fall Students

At the Walker Creek Camp.

You are invited to make a donation to the Northern California Bluegrass Society Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund for student scholarships at the Fall Camp, set for October 6-9, 2016 near Petaluma.

Donations can be sent to:

Northern California Bluegrass Society/Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society
PO Box 390846
Mountain View, CA 94039-0846
Attn: NCBS Walker Creek Music Camp Scholarship Fund

The Northern California Bluegrass Society, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization aka the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society, accepts donations and disburses scholarships. Donations to the fund, run by a NCBS committee, are tax-deductible as allowed by law. Donors should consult their tax advisors. The Federal Tax ID No. is 94-2907716.

Donors who do not need a tax deduction may donate money directly to the camp. Information: Walker Creek Music Camp,

Ingrid Noyes runs the camp, which is held each spring and fall. The camp is open to adults and children.

Rhiannon Giddens Named 2016 Steve Martin Banjo Prize Winner

Rhiannon Giddens

Rhiannon Giddens has been named the winner of the 2016 Steve Martin Banjo Prize, the first person who is not a white male to be so honored.

She is best known to bluegrass & old-time music fans as the former lead performer in The Carolina Chocolate Drops, and to folk music fans from her appearance in the film “Inside Llewyn Davis.”

Giddens continues to tour internationally as an individual performer and has just been added (as a singing social worker) to the cast of the television drama “Nashville.”

She performed several years ago as part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s San Francisco Bluegrass & Old Time Festival. She reunited with the CCD for several Bay Area shows earlier this year.

The prize, now in its sixth year, comes with a $50,000 cash award.