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  Association News
Upcoming Meetings
 Our next general meetings are on October 15th at the Backyard Cafe in West Columbia @ 7pm (Please note the date change), and December 3rd.  Bring your instruments to both meetings for some pickin' after we get the business done.  The December 3rd meeting will be our Christmas Potluck at Bill's where we will also give out our awards and youth scholarships.  We hope to see you!

Youth Scholarship Applications
 It's time for young musicians to apply for our annual youth scholarship awards!  This year we will be awarding two $200 scholarships to young musicians between the ages of 6 years old and high school senior in memory of Bill Wells.  Applicants must be South Carolina residents, and be a stringed instrument player or vocalist in the bluegrass or traditional style.  The deadline for applications has been extended to November 16, 2018.  Please pass along an application to any young musicians that qualify!

Bill Wells Memorial Scholarship Application Form

Festival Participation
The SCBTMA will be participating in two upcoming local festivals.  The first is DokoFest on Saturday, September 29th at Doko Meadows Park in Blythewood from 11am until 4pm.  The second is the Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival on Saturday, October 6th from 10am until 5pm.  Admission to both festivals is free.  The SCBTMA will have a table with information and t-shirts for sale.  Both festivals will have live music, food, and family-friendly fun!

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DokoFest
Gaston Collard & BBQ Festival

November House Concert
We've got another House Concert coming up on November 10th to raise money for our general fund.  Entertainment will be provided by member band BACKWATER.  The location is the Cayce Museum.  Doors open at 2pm, and the show runs from 2:30-4:30pm.  Tickets can be purchased for a $10 donation.  The Cayce Museum is at 1800 12th Street, Cayce, SC 29033.

We Need Your Help
To help us further our goals of preserving, promoting, publicizing, and supporting Bluegrass and traditional music, we are seeking support from businesses willing to donate funds or materials to the SCBTMA.  If you have experience in seeking business donations to non-profits and are willing to help out, please contact us!  Call Willie at (803) 796-6477.

School Demonstrations
To further our educational mission, we would love to begin doing Bluegrass presentations in schools.  If anyone knows of a school or teacher that would be interested in having a Bluegrass demonstration  for their students, please contact us with the school or teacher’s name.  If you would like to help out in teaching or playing at a school for the SCBTMA, please contact us as well.  Call Willie Wells at (803) 796-6477 or email Staci Jones at staci@camryman.org.  

Membership Awards Program
Help us gain members and you could win a free 2019 membership! Just have your recruited member write "Referred by" and YOUR name on their new membership application.  Whoever recruits the most members will win a 2019 membership!  A second free 2019 membership will be drawn from the remaining recruiters!

Embroidered Shirts Available
We will be placing orders for collared shirts with the SCBTMA logo embroidered on the left chest.  These shirts are high quality polyester polo/golf shirts that are very similar to the Bill's Music Shop embroidered shirts.  The shirts will be royal blue with the logo embroidered in silver and come in both men's and women's sizes.  Please contact either Willie at Bill's Music Shop (803-796-6477) or Merdick at merdickbrown@yahoo.com to place your order.  Shirts are $35 each.

SCBTMA Shirt

Museum Jam
Come out to the SC State Museum on Gervais Street in Columbia for a monthly jam session sponsored by the SCBTMA!  Jams are held on the last Tuesday of most months from 6-8pm.  The general public is welcome, and admission to the jam is free.
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Established in 1991 and reactivated in 2014, the SC BTMA is a non-profit organization chartered by the state of South Carolina.