Bluegrass had international influences bound up in its genesis, but it developed as a uniquely American music form. As the genre has matured, it has grown to become a truly international musical style, with fans and practitioners of the music hailing from all parts of the globe. Recently, the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) had a hand in the continuing proliferation of bluegrass music, as the museum played host to a group of Iranian folk musicians who were interested in learning about the music.
The Iranian musicians travelled to Kentucky as part of the International Visitor Leadership Program sponsored by the State Department. In the following video, Matt Madden, the Program Manager for the Kentucky/Southern Indiana World Affairs Council, tells about the visit and how the IBMM, and bluegrass music, may serve to improved relations between cultures.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UPjZ0z4Ep9k