The Blues Foundation expanded its longstanding Blues in the Schools youth education efforts with a new initiative that began in 2010 entitled Generation Blues. This scholarship program allows qualified applicants under the age of 21 to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs.
Programs attended by Generation Blues scholarship recipients generally take place in the summer at the recipients’ choice of locations. Participants are awarded scholarships based first upon need and participation is open to anyone under the age of 21 who is interested in studying the blues. Applicants must write a letter of intent and provide letters of recommendation. Video submissions are also accepted. The deadline for applications for the 2017 summer season is April 15, 2017.
Generation Blues candidates and all other youth who are either burgeoning blues musicians or engaged blues fans may become a part of The Blues Foundation by joining the organization as a Youth Member at no cost. In addition, we will maintain your free membership with The Blues Foundation until you turn 21 years of age. By offering our next generation of blues lovers a free Blues Foundation membership, we invite you to begin a lifetime of listening to this great music as well as participation in the activities of your local blues societies and of The Blues Foundation.