NimbleFingers FAQs

Can I invite family or friends to come and visit onsite or take in a concert?

Sorry, drop-ins and unregistered friends and family members will not be permitted at the workshop site. Contact us if you have any questions about this.

I've never played an instrument before. Can I come?

Our beginning classes assume a basic knowledge of your instrument, so arriving on the first day not knowing which end is up isn't a good thing. But that said, if you're really keen, go ahead and sign up. As soon as you press 'submit', go get out your instrument and start practicing. Take a few lessons if you can; you'll get much more out of the camp experience.

Can children come?

Yes—but please keep in mind there is no separate program for children. Although we do welcome young players and every year there are a handful and sometimes more, we don’t have the systems in place for children not ready to fully function in an adult-based class. If your youth is familiar with their instrument and keen on learning in a multi-age workshop setting, we’d absolutely love to have them. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or authorized adult. Please touch base with us if you're thinking of bringing a student under 14.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, tho if you are able to leave your dog at home, it's better for everyone. Please read our Dog Policy.

Is there a Bursary Fund or any Scholarships that are available?

Yes, we do have a Bursary Fund which some of our participants generously donate to. Several participants every year also receive funding through their local bluegrass or old-time music associations, or as well through local arts councils. We review the forms bi-weekly. You can either register in full and then apply, or wait till you find out if you've been accepted for a bursary and then apply. In 2019 we are offering bursaries in Week 2 only. 2019 Bursary Form

If you're in a position to donate to the Bursary Fund, of course we always welcome donations. We try very hard to distribute those funds in a non-judgemental way to those who just would not be able to make it to camp otherwise. For some people this is truly their 'soul food' for the year. For our extended community to thrive, we feel we need to help facilitate in any way we can these folks getting to camp. If you're in this position and able to support us, please email We'll be happy to help you contribute towards supporting roots, bluegrass and old-time music in our greater community. Thanks in advance! Donations over $20 are eligible for a tax receipt.