Throughout his life, James M. Barnett, Jr. had a great love of music, especially organ music, and was himself an able organist. The James M. Barnett, Jr. Foundation was founded as a charitable private organization by a bequest from Albert L. Betz for the purpose of supporting students of the arts, and particularly music, at all levels from early development through college and post-graduate studies.
Though foundation funds are not limited by location, preference is given to students who reside in the southeastern United States, and in Southwest Georgia in particular. The foundation supports students of the arts. Funds may be used to support persons in the study of other arts, but preference is given to worthy students in the field of music. Within the field of music, students of the organ are preferred.