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Port City Blues Society

Keeping the Blues Alive

PINE BLUFF, AR   |  https://www.portcitybluessociety.com

Mission

To promote the blues and culture of Delta Blues music in the Pine Bluff area and the Southeast Arkansas region. The purpose of the Port City Blues Society. is to promote the blues and culture of Delta Blues music in the Pine Bluff area and the Southeast Arkansas region through promoting local artists as well as regional and national talent, fostering an appreciation of the blues, educating the public about Delta Blues and supporting charitable and educational activities useful to the individual and beneficial to the communities served by the program. We will also support musicians and blues venues by encouraging live performances of blues, exchange information about blues-related events by providing a forum in Pine Bluff and the Southeast Arkansas area where people can share their appreci

Ruling year info

2018

PRESIDENT AND CEO

Mr C. ROSCOE WILLIS

VICE-PRESIDENT

HENRY DAVE SADLER

Main address

PO Box 9336

PINE BLUFF, AR 71611 USA

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EIN

81-2792334

NTEE code info

Music (A68)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Keeping the blues alive!

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Keeping the Blues Alive

To promote the blues and culture of blues music in the Pine Bluff area and the Southeast Arkansas region through:

Promoting local artists, as well as regional and national talent.

Fostering an appreciation of the blues and educating the public about the blues.

Supporting charitable and educational activities useful to the individual and beneficial to the communities served by the program.

We also will:

Support musicians and blues venues by encouraging live performances of blues.

Exchange information about blues-related events by providing a forum in the Southeast Arkansas area where people can share their appreciation and love for the blues.

Support community events and organizations by sponsoring events that will benefit the general community.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

THE BLUES FOUNDATION 2024

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of free participants in conferences

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total number of conferences held

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Multiracial people

Related Program

Keeping the Blues Alive

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

To continue to bring blues awareness to the central and southeast Arkansas and establish a music scholarship program that will allow youth music lessons and access to beginner level instruments. Continue our mission to keep the delta blues alive by exposing this important genre to younger adults and musicians.

Continue providing a local open blues jam every week that covers delta and contemporary blues art forms.

More radio and newspaper public service announcements, improved website, and having a greater community involvement.

We have increased radio and newspaper coverage of public events and and local entertainment .

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Port City Blues Society

Board of directors
as of 05/07/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

MR C. ROSCOE WILLIS

PORT CITY CLUES SOCIETY

Term: 2019 - 2024


Board co-chair

H. DAVE SADLER

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

Term: 2019 - 2024

C ROSCOE WILLIS

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

DEBRA-BELL WILLIS

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

DAVE SADLER

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

GEORGE W SCAIFE

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

TOMMY PALMER

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

BOB HOLLIS

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

JOE POWELL

BLUES FOR A CAUSE

DEE ATKINS

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

NANCY COOPER

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

DIANNE PARKER

PORT CITY BLUES SOCIETY

JOE SPADONI

MIDTOWN TIRE AND AUTO

WILL JENKINS

RADIO DJ

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? Yes
  • 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 1/10/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/19/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.