International Bluegrass Music Museum
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|Location||RiverPark Center, Owensboro, Kentucky, United States|
The International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) is a bluegrass music museum in RiverPark Center near downtown Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. The museum has inter-active exhibits, posters, costumes, live instrument demonstrations, and the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. The museum has 2004 m2 (21,000 square feet) of exhibits and offices on 2 floors. As a non-profit group, the International Bluegrass Music Museum has raised funds with the help of famous bluegrass musicians such as Ricky Skaggs and Ralph Stanley.
They host their own annual summer music festival, ROMP (originally designating River Of Music Party because it was held on the banks of the Ohio River). The ROMP festival is typically held the last weekend in June each summer. Jam sessions are held at the museum the first Thursday of every month. The International Bluegrass Music Museum is the world's only facility dedicated to the history and preservation of the international history of bluegrass music.
The mission of the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) is to develop and maintain an environment in which people of all ages can discover the richness of bluegrass music.
The museum was incorporated in 1991 and opened year-round in 1995. In 2002 it re-opened after expanding.
- RBI - Radio Bluegrass International is the museums 24-hour internet radio station.
- The Kentucky Bluegrass AllStars are a group of over 250 music students who take lessons at the museum.
- The Video Oral History Project (VOHP)- videotapes the elderly first generation of bluegrass musicians throughout the continent. These interviews can be watched year round at the museum anytime during regular hours and at The Bluegrass Masters Film Festival which takes place during the annual June fund raiser called ROMP.
- Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp - The Monroe-Style Mandolin Camp offers three days of in depth instruction from the finest mandolin faculty and luthiers. Registration for each camp is capped at 50, the camps' intimate environment allows for ample opportunities to receive personal, hands-on instruction from various instructors of the Monroe-Style mandolin technique.
- Bluegrass in the Schools (BITS)- puts instruments into the hands of students and teachers in elementary schools in Daviess County, Kentucky.
- "Banks of the Ohio", a radio program by Fred Bartenstein on WAMU and the Internet.
- Benefit Concerts - The museum hosts a monthly concert series.
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