Photo by James Wessels


Photo by James Wessels

Our Mission is 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.


Meet Our Team

Barbara Newman
President and CEO
(901) 527-2583 ext. 12
[email protected]

Elizabeth Montgomery Brown
(901) 527-2583 ext. 13
[email protected]

Addison Hare
Communications Coordinator
(901) 527-2583 ext. 14
[email protected]

Keisha Moore-Alston
Membership Coordinator

(901) 527-2583 ext. 10
[email protected]

Joe Whitmer
Production Consultant

(901) 527-2583 ext. 11
[email protected]

Meet our Board of Directors

The Blues Foundation is governed by a 16 person International Board of Directors. 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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Michael Freeman
Board Chair
2019 – 2020
Barrington, IL

Scott Fitzke
Vice Chair, Counsel

2019 – 2020
Englewood, CO

Sherry May
2019 – 2020
Memphis, TN

Cheryl Pawelski
Executive Committee
2019 – 2020
Altadena, CA

Jeff Syracuse
Immediate Past Chair

2019 – 2021
Nashville, TN

Kathy Bolmer
2017 – 2020
Franklin, TN

Tom Davis
2018 – 2021
Oxford, MS

Terry Duffie
2017 – 2020
Dothan, AL

Jostein Forsberg
2018 – 2021
Notodden, Norway

Tripp Hopkins
2017 – 2020
Salt Lake City, UT

Bruce Morel
2019 – 2020
Dartmouth, NS, Canada

Mercy Morganfield
2019 – 2022
Washington, D.C.

Gwendolyn Quinn
2019 – 2022
Clinton, MD

Howard Robertson
2019 – 2022
Memphis, TN

Eric Simonsen
2019 – 2022
Ivins, UT

Teeny Tucker
2018 – 2020
Columbus, OH

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

Our Sponsors and Partnerships