Contact: Chuck Stearman

P.O. Box 271, Kirksville, MO 63501



Dear Bluegrass Fans:


With a sad heart, we would like to announce that our dad and founder of SPBGMA passed away on Wednesday June 15th 2016.  The Bluegrass Family has lost a great pioneer and promoter of the music.  His love for Bluegrass was like no other.   He had a job that he loved and a job that loved him back.   Thank you in advance for all your love and prayers at this difficult time.


Visitation will be Sunday June 19th.  2 to 4 pm


Funeral will be Monday June 20th.   10 am.


Location for both services will be Cornerstone Church Kirksville MO  1702 N Elson St.


All under the direction of Travis Noe Funeral Home Kirksville Mo



Diane Stearman

Suzanne and Michael Elmore and family

Stephanie and Michael Jones and Family

Chad and Kendra Stearman and family


Read Chuck's obituary at Travis-Noe Funeral Home

2017 SPBGMA Reservation Forms Delay

May 22, 2016



We are currently working out some contract issues with the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville.  We apologize for the delay.  2017 SPBGMA reservation forms will be available as soon as possible.


Thank you for your patience,

Stephanie L. Jones


2016 19th Annual Nashville Banjo Workshop

Nov. 22, 2015

SPBGMA BANJO WORKSHOP February 6th, 2015
Directed by Jack Hatfield

Sheraton Music City, Nashville, Tennessee

Featuring: Joe Mullins, Greg Cahill and Steve Huber directed by Jack Hatfield

For more information and to register
please call Jack Hatfield (865) 428-8744 or visit:

SPBGMA's Preservation

Hall of Greats Inductees 2016:

Ronnie Reno

Jan. 12, 2016


"In 1955, seven-year-old "Little Ronnie Reno" climbed atop a milk carton, stretched up to the mic, and performed for his first national audience on “The Old Dominion Barndance.” This performance would prove to be the beginning of one of the most colorful, diverse and distinguished careers in the music industry--one that spans over 60 years, alongside some of the most legendary entertainers in Bluegrass and Country Music history." — Read More


View Past Inductees


International Band Registration Agreement Download Form

June 25, 2014


Sheraton Plantation Exhibitors Diagram Download Form

Sept. 05, 2015


McGavock's Ballroom Exhibitors Form Download Form

Sept. 05, 2015


Bluegrass Band Competition General Rules & Regulations Download

Aug. 03, 2015


SPBGMA's Definitions and By-Laws Download

Oct 04, 2011



Nov 15, 2012


International Association of Judges Bluegrass Band Competition Score Sheet Download

Nov 01, 2013

Free Festival Listing


Download Form*

Dec 04, 2012

Publish your Bluegrass Festival listing in the Annual SPBGMA Festival Guide for FREE!!! Deadline for copy is December 15.

* PDF is an electronic form that can be filled out on a computer. The form can be saved, printed, and even emailed.

1)  Fill out form.

2)  Save pdf

3)  Click Submit button to email from a default mail program (web clients, such as gmail and yahoo, will need to manually attach the saved pdf form)

4)  Email pdf form to info@spbgma.com