This year, the MSFA instituted a “Mini-Grant” program and distributed $3,134 for a wide variety of projects that furthered the mission of the association. Funds for this round of grants came from generous contributions from: Emerson Process, Encore Capital Group, Goodhue County Co-op Electric, an anonymous individual donor, and the Minnesota State Fiddlers Association.
$150 – Chordis Bluegrass Academy Day Camp (June) provided scholarships to kids to attend this beginning fiddle camp held in Kasson, Minnesota.
$325 – Scholarships for Tim Reese and his son Eli to attend an intensive weeklong Fiddle Tunes Workshop in Port Townsend, Washington in early July, and to share their knowledge with the MSFA SloJammers.
$500 - Dakota County Fair Fiddle Contest (August 10) requested additional prize money for more placings, judge’s stipends and compensation for guitar accompanist.
$475 – Old Tyme Fiddle Contest at Laura Days in Pepin, Wisconsin (September 14), to help pay for a guitar accompanist, stipends for judges, and sponsor a new category called “Pa’s Fiddle” where a fiddler plays a tune that Pa (from The Little House on the Prairie series) might have played when he lived in Wisconsin or Minnesota.
$400 - Otter Tail Historical Society for a concert (September 19) by Dennis Baumann, an 84-year-old fiddler from Fergus Falls who plays unique fiddle tunes from the area learned from his father.
$500 - Pamela Longtine's Jam to provide two workshops (September 29 and October 27) on French Canadian Fiddling and Cajun Fiddling at the Edina Library.
$500 - Milwaukee Area Upper Midwestern Old-Time Jam & Tune Learning Session - to provide tune books and offset costs for six months of meeting space (August, 2019 – January 2019) for a new group forming in the summer of 2019 in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin to study Upper Midwestern fiddle tunes.
$284 - Plain Blaine Northern Jam (PBnJ) for guitar backup and three learning sessions lead by knowledgeable local fiddlers for the September 2019 – May 2020 season.
Chordis Bluegrass Academy
Minnesota State Fiddlers Association –
2019 Mini-Grant Recipients