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National Endowment for the Arts Award Helps Blue Ridge Music Center

Blue Ridge Music CenterWinston-Salem, NC -- The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is honored to be named a grant recipient by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). Today, the NEA announced awards totaling more than $27.6 million in its first funding round of fiscal year 2016, including an Art Works award of $15,000 to the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation to support summer music programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center.

Statement from NEA on the Passing of National Heritage Fellow Mike Auldridge

Mike AuldridgeFrom the National Endowment of the Arts: "It is with great sadness that the National Endowment for the Arts acknowledges the passing of 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellow and master Dobro musician Mike Auldridge. Over the course of his celebrated career, Auldridge innovated the use of the Dobro, influencing the development of contemporary bluegrass and country music and paving the way for other Dobro musicians such as Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes. Auldridge performed as a member of such Maryland groups as the Seldom Scene and also as a solo artist. He recorded with musicians such as Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Lyle Lovett, Doc Watson, Ricky Skaggs, Hank Williams, Jr., and Bill Monroe. During the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert in October 2012, Rob Ickes described the influence of Auldridge on the development of the Dobro: 'You can draw a line at Mike Auldridge. The Dobro is played with a metal bar, metal finger picks, and metal strings. There is a lot of room for noise. This guy figured out how to get rid of the noise and just leave the music.' We join many others in the bluegrass community and beyond in mourning the loss of Mike Auldridge while celebrating his life and enormous musical contributions."

The Crooked Road Receives NEA Grant to Support Traditional Music Education

The Crooked RoadAbingdon, Va.— National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced today that The Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail is one of 832 non-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Art Works grant. The Crooked Road (TCR) is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support traditional music education in Southwest Virginia.

Bluegrass Dobro Player Rob Ickes Honors Mike Auldridge NEA Fellowship

Mike AuldridgeRob Ickes, Dobro player for the bluegrass music group Blue Highway, wrote to express his appreciation for Mike Auldridge's Fellowship award from the National Endowment of the Arts. Rob says, "This is a special week for someone who is my mentor, and an icon not only in the dobro community, but in the world of music."

NEA National Heritage Fellows to Perform in Free Concert

Mike AuldridgeAcoustic, Country and bluegrass music artist Mike Auldridge was awarded the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship Award. He will be performing at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the GWU Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.

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