Encouraging new ideas to attract singers and fans to barbershop harmony

At the Bud Leabo Memorial Fund we believe there is an idea that will seed unprecedented growth of barbershop singing. We wish to encourage, find and nurture that idea.

Our endowment has been funded by individuals who have seen the impact music can have in a person’s life. The unique experience of barbershop singing is an American tradition that brings families and friends together in song.

We are looking for talented individuals and groups that have a strong interest in singing barbershop music. Our funds are easy to obtain through a simple application process. We want to find music educators, barbershopers, and singers of all types who want to focus on singing this art form and will fund brand new ideas that achieve that. These ideas should be new and unique as we are looking to fund many ideas in the hopes that we will find and encourage an idea that will truly fulfill our mission of bringing people into regular barbershop singing. We also would like to encourage those impacted by these new ideas and programs to experience the Barbershop Harmony Society, a society built for Barbershop learning and camaraderie.

In addition to providing funds in the form of grants, our Board Members have at the disposal a vast wealth of resources to help educate about barbershop. We can help enlist local barbershopers for training and education for our grantees’ programs, often at no cost.




One of the highlights of the Bud Leabo Memorial Fund is our ability to keep the application process simple and hassle free. Our goal is to get small grants in the hands of capable leaders who can use funds without the handcuffs of a traditional granting agency.

Our application form is easy to fill in and then return by email. Applicants should follow the general guidelines below to be eligible for a grant.
  • The Bud Leabo Memorial Fund is looking to fund new and innovative ideas and projects that promote Barbershop Harmony and membership in the Barbershop Harmony Society. We fund projects that bring new music to barbershop singers or barbershop music to new singers. Applicants should present ideas and projects that fulfill this mission.
  • As part of any awards, grantees will be required to provide material that promotes singing in the Barbershop Harmony Society during the grantees project.
  • Grants are available to everyone over 18 years old. Applicants will be required to provide contact information as part of the applications process and applicants will allow the Bud Leabo Memorial Fund the unrestricted right and use to promote and publish any project, idea or award without limitation.
  • Priority will be given to individuals and groups in the following states and provinces: Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Montana, Alaska, British Columbia and Alberta.
  • Applicants will be required to submit a one page report describing the project, results and any future plans. At the time of submission of the annual report, the applicant will be required to submit at least 3 high quality digital photos and/or videos.
  • The amount of requested award should be no more than 10K. Smaller amounts are more likely to win grants.
  • It's simple to apply: Click on the link below to download and save the Grant Application to your computer. Fill the application in, SAVE, and email it to: trustees@budleabo.com
2018 - Bud Leabo Memorial Fund - 'Funded by individuals who have seen the impact music can have in a person's life.'