The Bean Blossom Jamboree FoundationIn an open letter to Friends, Donors, Supporters, and those with an interest in the Bean Blossom Jamboree Foundation Inc. (BBJF), the foundation has announced details regarding the progress that the organization has made in its mission to preserve the traditions of the Bill Monroe Music Park at Bean Blossom, Brown County, IN.

Signed by President Steve Johnson on behalf of the Board of Directors, the letter states that the Foundation has built well on the success of collecting nearly $25,000 in funds at the annual Summer Festival in June by adding another $20,000 in merchandise sales, direct donations and in-kind services by the end of the year.

Another significant success came in the form of confirmation of their receipt of the Not for Profit 501 (c) 3 status from the Internal Revenue Service.

While the Board thinks that the support has been incredible given the current economy, it is seeking further donations during 2009, hoping this year to match the total of last year’s pledges.

The full letter, which includes details about how to make a donation, can be found at the Foundation’s blog.

The BBJF mission is to preserve the music park at Bean Blossom in perpetuity and continue the Brown County Jamboree’s heritage of musical shows and the bluegrass music festivals established at Bean Blossom by the Father of Bluegrass Music, Bill Monroe.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.