LATEST BLUES FOUNDATION NEWS

December 21, 2020

The Blues Foundation preserves blues heritage, celebrates blues recording and performance, expands worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensures the future of this uniquely American art form. 

To Members of Our Blues Foundation Community, 

2020 has offered unprecedented challenges for the blues community as the raging COVID-19 pandemic claimed so many of our loved ones, shuttered iconic music venues, and forced the cancellation of the events that usually bring us together. Despite these hardships, many of you have remained steadfast in your commitment to The Blues Foundation and our mission to preserve blues heritage and to celebrate the artists who create blues music. We are deeply grateful for your outpouring of generosity during these troubling times. 

Over the last year your donations have allowed us to meet the urgent financial and medical needs of blues musicians through our HART Fund and the newly established COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund. For example: 

The HART Fund helped provide dignified funeral services for 11 amazing blues artists who might not have received the farewell observance they deserved. 
The COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund has assisted over 200 blues musicians since its creation in March 2020. 435 emergency payments have helped cover a range of expenses such as phone, utilities, auto loans, along with 149 months of mortgages and rent. 

With your support we were able to present the Blues Music Awards virtually. Although the pandemic precluded our annual gathering in Memphis, the pre-recorded BMA program was, nonetheless, a joyful celebration of achievement. Fans from across the globe tuned in as blues musicians were recognized for the outstanding music that represents the genre’s ongoing vitality. 

Your contributions have also helped sustain our operations although the doors to The Blues Foundation's Blues Hall of Fame remain closed due to COVID-19 restrictions. Even as they work from their homes, our staff has been able to continue their important work responding to inquiries and maintaining the lines of communication that bind us together as a community. 

Your continued support will be crucial if we are to sustain the good works of The Blues Foundation in 2021. Your end of year contribution will ensure that we continue to offer solace, assistance, and hope in the new year. As you consider your end of year gifts, we hope that you will make a tax-deductible donation to The Blues Foundation. 

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Blues music was born as the lyrical and melodic expression of hardship. It is the tuneful testimony to the perseverance of its creators. 2020 certainly tested the tenacity of the blues community. As we begin the long journey toward recovery in 2021, we are confident that with your help we will be well-equipped to face the challenges that remain ahead. 

Sincerely, 

Patricia Wilson Aden 
President & CEO