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“What do I get by joining the Foundation?”

As a member, you will receive:

  • Access to Information about blues events, blues music, and blues personalities
  • A valued vote to name the best in each category of The Blues Music Awards
  • A chance to win a trip for two on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise
  • Opportunities for discounts to blues concerts, festivals, and events
  • A Membership card and decal to proudly display that you support The Blues

* Higher levels of membership support offer additional premium benefits

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Membership Levels

“What level is right for me?”

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As a member you will be supporting the premier organization that acts as the ambassador for the blues. Your membership dollars help support our programs, from major Blues awards, such as The Blues Music Awards, The Blues Hall of Fame Inductions, or The Keeping the Blues Alive Awards to grass roots assistance for musicians in need via The HART Fund’s medical support. You will be there on the front lines with us as we seek out the next great blues talent via The International Blues Challenge or by helping a young musician develop his or her blues skills at a summer camp or workshop. In exchange for your membership, you will gain access to information, discounts, and event announcements and will be the first to hear of special Blues Foundation program initiatives and offers.  But most importantly, you will become part of this fantastic Blues family which shares your love of the Blues, past, present and future.

As you can see, membership in the Blues Foundation provides valuable benefits to its members!

Membership Levels for Individual Blues Member

The Youth Membership is designed to introduce the under 21 year old Blues fan to The Blues Foundation and a lifetime of supporting Blues Music.

As a Youth Member, you will receive:

  • Digital Blues Foundation Membership card
  • Digital Blues Foundation Badge

* Youth members may not vote for the Blues Music Awards!

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The Blues Member is the basic membership support level for all Blues lovers, 21 years old and beyond. As a Blues Member, you will receive:

  • Blues Foundation Membership card
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (1)
  • Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise contest entry (1)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Blues Foundation decal
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum
  • Access to special blues event discounts
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The Blues Friend membership level is the first step-up from the basic membership.

As a Blues Friend, you will receive:

  • Membership card
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (for up to two individuals in the same household)
  • Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Sweepstakes entries (2)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Blues Foundation decal
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum for up to 2 people
  • Access to special blues event discounts
  • Free Download of 2 songs from a previous Blues Music Awards performance

 
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The Blues Partner shows a financial dedication to supporting blues music with their annual membership.

As a Blues Partner, you will receive:

  • Membership card
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (up to 2 may be requested)
  • Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise contest entries (4)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Blues Foundation decal
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum for up to 2 people
  • Access to special blues event discounts
  • Free Download of 3 songs of your choice from a previous Blues Music Awards performance
  • Blues Foundation phone wallet
  • 5% off of all Blues Foundation merchandise
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The Blues Supporter represents an individual making a real financial commitment to the programs of The Blues Foundation.

As a Blues Supporter, you will receive:

  • Membership card
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (up to 2 may be requested)
  • Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise contest entries (10)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Blues Foundation decal
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum for up to 2 people
  • Access to special blues event discounts
  • Free Download of 3 songs from a previous Blues Music Awards performance
  • Blues Foundation phone wallet
  • 5% off of all Blues Foundation merchandise
  • Preferential Blues Music Awards Seating
  • Name listed in Blues Music Awards event program
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The Blues Patron level of membership indicates significant support of The Blues Foundation. This is a member who is evangelical in helping us spread Blues music around the world. Blues Patron members receive all Blues Supporter premiums plus a t-shirt and 20 chances in the annual drawing.

As a Blues Patron, you will receive:

  • Membership card
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (up to 2 may be requested)
  • Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise contest entries (20)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Blues Foundation decal
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum for up to 4 people
  • Access to special blues event discounts
  • Free Download of 5 songs from a previous Blues Music Awards performance
  • Blues Foundation phone wallet
  • 10% off of all Blues Foundation merchandise
  • Preferential Blues Music Awards Seating
  • Name listed in Blues Music Awards event program
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The Blues VIP  is the 2nd highest level of membership in The Blues Foundation. At this level you demonstrate a significant commitment to The Blues Foundation.

As a Blues VIP, you will receive:

  • Membership card
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (up to 2 may be requested)
  • Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise contest entries (40)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Blues Foundation decal
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum for up to 4people
  • Access to special blues event discounts
  • Free Download of 5 songs from a previous Blues Music Awards performance
  • Blues Foundation phone wallet
  • 10% off of all Blues Foundation merchandise
  • Preferential Blues Music Awards Seating
  • Name listed in Blues Music Awards event program
  • Invitations to special VIP only receptions during the International Blues Challenge and/or Blues Music Awards
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Want to be a Lifetime Blues VIP? This is your ticket! Make this substantial donation now, and be eligible to become a Charter Member while remaining exempt from future membership fees.

As a Blues VIP, you will receive:

  • An Annual Membership card
  • An Annual Blues Music Awards Ballot (up to 2 may be requested)
  • Presales for Blues Foundation events and hotels
  • Free entry into the Blues Hall of Fame Museum for up to 4 people
  • Access to special blues event discounts
  • Free Download of 5 songs from a previous Blues Music Awards performance
  • Blues Foundation phone wallet
  • 10% off of all Blues Foundation merchandise for the life of your membership
  • Preferential Blues Music Awards Seating for the first ten years of your membership
  • Name listed in Blues Music Awards event program
  • Invitations to special VIP only receptions during the IBC and/or BMAs
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Membership Levels for the Blues Industry

The Blues Business Associate level is exclusively for members of the blues music industry.

Become a Blues Business Associate and you will receive:

  • A link on the appropriate Find the Blues or Blues News page of The Blues Foundation Website
  • A Blues Foundation decal and phone wallet
  • Opportunity to add up to five additional members under your business umbrella at the discounted membership rate of $10 per person
  • Blues Music Awards Ballot (1 per associate)
  • Opportunities to offer special deals and discounts to Blues Foundation Members

 
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OUR COMMUNITY

“What does the Blues Foundation do?”

The Blues Foundation supports many programs including:

  • The Blues Music Awards (BMAs) – presented annually in 23 categories to the best of the best in blues music as determined by the vote of Blues Foundation members.
  • The Blues Hall of Fame – The Blues Foundation’s vehicle to acknowledge the legends of blues: individuals, recordings, and literature which have made an indelible mark on the blues genre.
  • The International Blues Challenge (IBC) – the world’s largest gathering of blues musicians – an annual competition that is the culmination of contests sponsored by The Blues Foundation’s affiliate societies from all around the world.
  • The Keeping the Blues Alive Awards (KBAs) – presented during the IBC weekend to those behind-the-scenes people and organizations that have proven to be so important to the blues world.
  • The Handy Artist Relief Trust (HART) Fund  – providing financial aid and health advocacy to musicians and their families in need of assistance
  • Generation Blues Scholarship Program – offering financial support to qualified applicants under the age of 21 to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars, and workshop programs.
  •  Blues in the Schools  – supporting music education initiatives by partnering with our Affiliate societies in their local communities and via our comprehensive collection of resources for blues scholars and fans.

The ultimate member benefit is supporting and becoming part of this fantastic Blues family which shares your love of the Blues.

Your Support Matters

“How does my membership as a Blues Fan support the Foundation?”

You, the Blues Fan, are regularly the first line of support. You do this by becoming a member of and participating in the activities of your local blues society, by purchasing the music of your favorite Blues artist, and by going to see live music at your local clubs and festivals. And, also, by becoming a member of the Blues Foundation!

We would be honored to add your name to the Blues Foundation membership. Please check out the various levels and current incentives, and join today! As a member, you will be helping to preserve Blues history, celebrate Blues Excellence, support Blues education, and help ensure the future of Blues music.

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