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Our Mission is to preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand worldwide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of the uniquely American art form.

OUR COMMUNITY

Meet our Board of Directors

The Blues Foundation is governed by a 23 person International Board of Directors made up of 18 at-large positions elected by the board and 5 representative positions elected by each of The Blues Foundation’s key constituencies: Blues Fans, Blues Industry Professionals, Blues Creators, Blues Scholars, and Blues Foundation Affiliates. Board members are responsible for strategic management, fiscal oversight, organization advocacy, and the procurement and administration of funding that comes from a variety of sources:

  • Membership Dues
  • Private Donations
  • Corporate Sponsorships
  • Grants from private foundations
  • Government agencies
  • Arts Organizations
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Paul Benjamin
Board Chair
2016 – 2017
Rockland, ME

Jeff Syracuse
Vice Chair

2016 – 2017
Nashville, TN

Tom Davis
Treasurer

2016-2017
Oxford, MS

Scott Fitzke
Counsel

2016-2017
Englewood, CO

Michael Freeman
Executive Committee
2016-2017
Barrington, IL

Janice Johnston
Executive Committee

HART Fund Liaison
2016-2017
Phoenix, AZ

Alan Maites
Executive Committee

2016-2017
Highland Park, IL

Dexter Allen
At-Large Board Member

2015-2018
Jackson, MS

At-Large Board Member
2015-2018
Eufaula, AL

Kerby Confer
At-Large Board Member
2014-2017
Timonium, MD

John Deck
At-Large Board Member
2014-2017
Katy, TX

Rich Delgrosso
Blues Scholar Representative
2016-2019
Providence, RI

Jostein Forsberg
At-Large Board Member
2016-2019
Notodden, NORWAY

Tony Frederickson
Blues Affiliate Representative
2014-2017
Kirkland, WA

Tripp Hopkins
Blues Fan Representative
2014-2017
Salt Lake City, UT


Kim Horton

Blues Industry Representative

2015-2018
Byram, MS

Mick Kolassa
Blues Creator Representative
2015-2018
Oxford, MS

Boogie Mason
At-Large Board Member

2015-2018
Jackson, MS

Sherry May
At-Large Board Member
2014-2017
Memphis, TN

Gary Paradis
At-Large Board Member
2016-2019
Ottawa, ON-CANADA

Jackie Scott
At-Large Board Member

2016-2019
Chicago, IL

Steven Suen
At-Large Board Member

2014-2017
San Francisco, CA

Mark Thompson
At-Large Board Member
2016-2019
Bradenton, FL

Become a Member

Becoming a member of The Blues Foundation gives you an opportunity to be personally connected to a blues community where you will experience a vast amount of resources, information, news, views, insight, and activities not available anywhere else. You will be part of an organization which is special, fun, and unique.

“The Blues Foundation plays an absolutely essential role in ensuring the present and future of the blues as well as celebrating this great American music tradition. With the Blues Music Awards and The Blues Hall of Fame, the Foundation honors the finest blues artists and recordings of the past and present. With the International Blues Challenge, Generation Blues Scholarships and the Foundation’s support of blues education, The Blues Foundation nurtures the great blues artists of the future.”

Bruce Iglauer, Founder and President, Alligator Records
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