JB Georgia Old-Time Music Program

The JB Old-Time Music Program Program was created to promote Georgia string band music and to provide opportunities for musicians to learn traditions specific to this state. The Program supports one-on-one and small group learning with mentors knowledgeable and skilled in Georgia old-time music traditions like this

The Center for Public History staff administers the JB Georgia Old-Time Music Program as part of its Regional Music Project. 

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Who can apply?

  1. Individuals may apply for funds to work with approved mentors. Mentors receive the grant funds as compensation for their time teaching apprentices, but they may choose to share part of their grant with students to use for transportation to their lessons (especially for the residency format).

  1. The program also accepts applications for small group workshops to teach Georgia old-time music, led by an approved mentor. Applications for small group workshops may be submitted by instructors or students. Both instructor and students should be identified in the application.

  1. A musician may apply for a grant if s/he has applied for and been accepted to attend a formal music camp class with one of the JB Program mentors.

Potential apprentices must:

  1. demonstrate an interest in the music of Georgia string bands

  2. possess a basic command of their instrument

  3. be musicians not yet seasoned in Georgia old time music on the instruments which they are proposing to learn.  

  4. Preference is given to learners who demonstrate financial need and cannot afford to pay for lessons without hardship.


What types of experiences are eligible?

Mentors set the course prospectus relative to the grant award and can teach in the following settings, including but not limited to the following formats.  All projects are expected to be completed over a six to ten  month period.  

  • One on one learning apprenticeships, where the student studies with a mentor who specializes in Georgia music.  

  • Small group workshop series, in which a mentor selects a location to hold a workshop for four to six participants.

  • Facilitated Georgia music jam series, sponsored by a mentor.

  • Instructional materials for Georgian  music, such as YouTube videos, DVD, or other media that could be hosted online.

  • Scholarships to traditional music schools or programs that focus on Georgia music traditions

  • Intensive residencies for out-of-town learners to study with a mentor over several consecutive days.  

  • Other formats: We are open to other creative project ideas, provided they are in the spirit of the mentorship program.  

For more information, contact:  

Dr. Ann McCleary, Center for Public History, University of West Georgia, Carrollton, GA 30118

amcclear@westga.edu, 678-839-6141