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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 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 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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Jeff Syracuse
Board Chair

2018 – 2019
Nashville, TN

Michael Freeman
Vice Chair
2018 – 2019
Barrington, IL

Tom Davis

2018 – 2019
Oxford, MS

Scott Fitzke

2018 – 2021
Englewood, CO

Janice Johnston
Executive Committee

HART Fund Liaison
2018 – 2019
Phoenix, AZ

Alan Maites
Executive Committee

2018 – 2019
Highland Park, IL

Paul Benjamin
Immediate Past Chair
2018 – 2019
Rockland, ME

Kathy Bolmer
Affiliate Constituency
2017 – 2020
Franklin, TN

Eric Corne
Blues Professional Constituency Representative
2018 – 2021
Los Angeles, CA

Rich Delgrosso
Blues Scholar Representative
2016 – 2019
Houston, TX

Terry Duffie
At-Large Constituency
2017 – 2020
Dothan, AL

Jostein Forsberg
At-Large Board Member
2016 – 2019
Notodden, Norway

Tripp Hopkins
Blues Fan Representative
2017 – 2020
Salt Lake City, UT

Sherry May
At-Large Board Member
2018 – 2021
Memphis, TN

Gary Paradis
At-Large Board Member
2016 – 2019
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Cheryl Pawelski
At-Large Board Member
2017 – 2020
Altadena, CA

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

Teeny Tucker
Blues Creator Constituency
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