The Blues Foundation

Memphis, TN   |  http://www.blues.org

Mission

To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

Ruling year info

1980

President/CEO

Ms. Patricia Wilson Aden

Main address

421 South Main St.

Memphis, TN 38103 USA

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EIN

62-1083757

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

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Our programs

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Blues Music Awards

The Blues Foundation's most widely recognized program is The Blues Music Awards (formerly the Handy Awards). The Blues Music Awards represent the highest honor given Blues musicians by their peers and fans. Each May, The Blues Music Awards recognize excellence in Blues performance and recording during the proceding year. In 2017 we celebrated the 38th Blues Music Awards with a seated dinner for over 1200 people at the Cook Convention Center where we honored the best in the blues. In addition, our partnerships with the Memphis Cook Convention Center, The Sheraton Downtown Memphis Hotel, Memphis Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the Beale Street Merchants association, directly impacted our hometown with close to 2 million dollars in tourism income coming into the Memphis community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo Blues Acts ready to perform on the international stage, yet just needing that extra big break. Each Affiliate of the Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and a solo/duo act to represent its organization at the IBC. The IBC is judged by blues professionals from across the world who have years of experience in listening to, producing and creating blues music. The Blues Foundation has established a set of criteria by which all acts are evaluated throughout the five days of the IBC.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Opened in 2015, the Blues Hall of Fame Museum is a Memphis gem for both serious blues fans and casual visitors. With robust exhibits and in-depth history, the museum exposes, educates, and entertains visitors with all that is Blues culture while highlighting our over 400 inductees in five key categories: Performer, Individual, Album, Single, and Literature.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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The Blues Foundation's ultimate goal is to be recognized as the worldwide hub of all activity, news, and networking throughout the blues genre. In addition to producing our annual high quality events, we strive to offer information, content, and access to blues fans, creators, industry, and scholars around the globe.

Our key strategy for making this happen is 21st first technology including a new website which directs visitors to the information they seek. We plan to create discount opportunities for members to increase attendance at blues events, thereby serving the fans, industry and musicians. We hope to share videos and music as well as history and film to educate the larger world about the history of the blues and its current growth. We plan on improving our existing events to bring more people to Memphis to engage directly with The Blues Foundation. We are working to create networks of blues societies across the world with regional conferences to help them better promote the music at a grassroots level.

Financials

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The Blues Foundation

Board of directors
as of 2/26/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr. Michael Freeman


Board co-chair

Mr. Scott Fitzke

Shortridge, Fitzke & Hulquist, PC

Term: 2018 - 2020

Jeff Syracuse

BMI-Nashville

Tom Davis

Tom Davis

Kathy Bolmer

KB Consultation

Kim Horton

Muzik4YouEntertainment

Sherry May

Live at the Garden

Jostein Forsberg

Notodden Blues Festival

Cheryl Pawelski

Omnivore Records

Terika Dean

Leadbelly Estate

Bruce Morel

Gwendolyn Quinn

Howard Robertson

Ken Shepherd

Eric Simonsen

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/26/2021

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Leadership

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Black/African American/African
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Female

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