Arts, Culture, and Humanities

KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE FOUNDATION INC

Music Education For The Next Generation

Deerfield Beach, FL

Mission

The mission of Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation, Inc. is to offset the loss of music education programs by providing financial assistance to scholastic institutions and individuals who aspire to be innovators and torchbearers for music advocacy and education. KTBA fosters new relationships with like-minded entities to achieve its mission and promote the Blues genre as it is the root of the company's culture as well a unique artform in American music history.

Ruling Year

2011

Foundation Director

Ms. Rachel Lepera

Donation Director

Mr. Shawn Hagood

Main Address

1761 W Hillsboro Blvd. Suite 409

Deerfield Beach, FL 33442 USA

Keywords

Music, Music Education, Scholarships

EIN

27-5553072

 Number

8166527533

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Music (A68)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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Our goals include making a donation once a week to a school in need, as well as funding a scholarship each semester (spring, summer, fall).

We work with Donors Choose to help us pick the ideal recipient of our awards. We promote Blues music through our blog on our website. We share success stories to Joe Bonamassa's fans, a KTBA newsletter, and actively seek corporate donors to help us earn donations toward our cause. Additionally, we are the proud sponsors of Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea which sets sail on its second voyage on February 15, 2016.

Just as Joe Bonamassa's career was founded on grassroots marketing and hard work, Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation is a resourceful group of young professionals who are good at finding holes in the operation and filling them with systematic routines.

We have one graphic/web designer, two foot-soldiers in directors, and a writer who manages the Blues News blog. Our small operation leaves little room for error, yet all the room for accountability and transparency. That is where the board members come in and keep a tight ship!

Although there will be mistakes along the way, our transparency, honesty and dignity shine through everything we put out into the world.

We know that we are being effective with our marketing strategy when we see spikes in donations. Everything is fueled by daily donations from the online store, and we monitor the social reach of our Facebook posts and newsletter click rates.

Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation has been able to successfully fund weekly donations and scholarship requirements.

However, we also seek to build a brand on the basis of WHY music education is important, and make it accessible; Music Education For All. The foundation should not only stress the importance of donations but more-so, how music education should be a requirement in the core curriculum of public schools.

As advocates of STEM to STEAM programs, we feel that although we are keeping music education programs afloat, we must continue to see the bigger picture.

With constant website revisions, email marketing strategies, better print materials, benefit concerts, and a continually stabilizing social media strategy, we are certain that we can reach our goals.

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KEEPING THE BLUES ALIVE FOUNDATION INC

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

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No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Diversity notes from the nonprofit
We are a non-discriminitive, equal-rights organization. No one is judged by any of these criteria. Hard work; Commitment; Reliability; Accountability, Passion; These are the only traits that matter here.