Bill Martin, a.k.a. King Bubba, was the key instigator in revitalizing the West Coast old time music and square dance scene. He was a teacher, mouthpiece, welcome wagon, and ambassador. Even in his last days, he was plotting new ways to energize the old time music community – to keep the waves of the Old Time Revolution rolling on down the West Coast. He kept his loyal minions on their toes with his ideas and aspirations. He just didn’t have the time left to do it all himself, so at his request, we have promised to make his dreams live on.

The Bubba Fund was set up to honor Bill Martin by providing much-needed dollars for projects that bring new energy to the old time music community.  Projects that make new strings quiver and new feet stomp!

In December 2012, the Raymond Family Foundation generously provided a $10,000 matching grant to support the establishment of the Bubba Fund, and we are getting close to meeting that match! YOU can help us do just that by making a donation today!

Projects Currently Funded by the Bubba Fund

In 2015, the Bubba Fund is providing support for the following projects in our community:

  • Zigzag Old Time Campout – Sept 4 – 9, 2015 – Bubbaville is sponsoring visiting artists Betse Ellis & Clarke Wyatt and local musicians and callers to lead workshops and is providing $1,000 for scholarships.
  • The Every Sunday Square Dance
  • Scholarships to Dare to Be Square West – Applications due 8/25/15!!!
  • Dom Flemons, Portland Residency – October 31 – Nov 4, 2015 – details coming soon!
  • Portland Old Time Music Gathering CD Compilation Project
  • The Bubba Award

Past project we’ve funded since 2013 include:

  • The Every Sunday Square Dance
  • Scholarships to Dare to Be Square West
  • Zigzag Old Time Music Camp – sponsored visiting artists Visiting Artists Brad Leftwich and Lisa Higginbotham
  • Susan Michaels Square Dance Calling Workshop
  • 100th Birthday Party for Church of the Acoustic Redemption
  • Left-Over Right Grande – a Thanksgiving Weekend Potluck, Dance and Jam
  • The Bubba Award

Our Vision

  • Workshops and Educational Programs – Our goal is to work with our community to establish quality learning, jamming and dancing opportunities year-round.
  • Visiting Masters — Portland residencies for out-of-state artists to do performances or dances, workshops, and maybe school programs.
  • Local Masters residencies – Same thing but with artists who already live here.
  • Scholarship Fund — Three or four small scholarships per year for Northwest-based musicians, callers or dancers to travel to study with a master or attend a workshop.
  • The annual Bubba Award – A little cash and a nice trophy or plaque to a person who makes an incredible contribution to our old-time music community.

More info…

The Bubba Fund is managed by Bubbaville, Inc., the non-profit that presents the Portland Old Time Music Gathering. Bill was the leader of this ragged-but-right, all-volunteer non-profit, and with the Bubba Fund, Bubbaville will carry on Bill’s dreams by funding workshops, dances, and events that Bill Martin told us he wanted to see happen for years to come. Bubbaville, Inc. is a 501(c)3, and all donations to the Bubba Fund are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law.