What does the HART fund do?
The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians, with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney and liver testing via blood work.
How the HART Fund has helped
“I am writing to say a BIG THANK YOU for assistance with purchasing my new hearing aids. I’m still adjusting to wearing them, but I can tell you that it has already made a serious change for the better in my life! I am beginning to play gigs and record again!
I truly cannot thank you enough for your help! I’m looking forward to creating more of the music we all love so much – BLUES!
Thank you, God bless you for your kindness and generosity…”
The Blues Foundation has made such a difference in my life. After taking quite a fall and subsequently knocking my front teeth out while unloading my bass amp during a rain, I was so embarrassed to be on stage without teeth. I wouldn’t smile or even sing back-up during our shows. Being a struggling musician, I didn’t have dental insurance or the funds to replace my teeth or have the two loose ones pulled. Your generosity gave me back my smile, but more importantly, my self-confidence. I am proud to be on stage, singing and performing and back to making a living playing bass. I can never thank you enough for all that you have done for me and other musicians in need, Still performing,”
“I am reaching out to you not only to thank you for the financial assistance but also to let you know that I am Cancer Free! I had my final scans and they showed that the cancer is gone.
The Hart Fund really helped me and my family tremendously during this most difficult time and my wife Karene and I just wanted to say thank you again. It is very much appreciated. I am back to playing music again!”
“Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we feel for The Blues Foundation/HART Fund and all they’ve done to support us in a time of need. Not only were they there to help us monetarily, but the genuine words of concern and support helped boost our spirits immensely. We are so thankful for this foundation that supports Blues musicians, a special group who keep this wonderful music alive at all costs.”
“A little over a year ago Tim Betts played a set with Lil’ Ed at the Hubert Sumlin Benefit for the Hart Fund. Little did I know a few months after this night Tim would be facing his own serious health scares. Tim received help from friends, fundraisers, Triad Musicians Matters, Fitzgerald’s and MusiCares. Then I was put in touch with the HART Fund who picked up almost all of the rest of Tim’s bills for him. The same people who Tim had played for a benefit are now giving to Tim. I am both excited, touched, and relieved all at the same time. I want to share my appreciation and thank all the people who have helped him. Thank you so much!! We do appreciate it. We look forward to when we can help someone in need.”
Provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. Services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community.
Helps professional musicians by providing emergency financial assistance in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. Serves deserving musicians by providing financial assistance to those who need help in meeting current living, medical and allied expenses. Financial help is viewed as an opportunity to say “Thank You” to those who have given so much to enhance the quality of musical life in our land.
Helps the true pioneers and forgotten heroes of Southern music gain recognition and meet their day to day needs. Criterion for recipients is they be rooted in a Southern musical tradition, be 55 years or older and have an annual income less than $18,000. Its programs include: Musician Sustenance – grants to meet basic life needs and emergency relief. Musical Development – grants and services for recipient artist professional development and career advancement. Cultural Access – supports the preservation and proliferation of American musical traditions. New Orleans Musician’s Fund – assistance to musicians affected by Hurricane Katrina.
The only independent non-profit service organization solely dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of Rhythm & Blues music. The Foundation provides financial support, medical assistance and educational outreach through various grants and programs to support R&B and Motown artists of the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s.
Benefits the health and welfare of professional singers worldwide by providing grants to singers who have needs resulting from personal, family, or medical crises. Applicants must have derived their primary income from singing for at least five years to qualify for aid. Scholarships are also granted to Masters students attending vocal arts programs at accredited universities nationwide.
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.
“I am so happy to be part of a family – the blues family. No matter where I go, there is a member of this family everywhere I stop. The Blues Foundation has been so important in keeping blues societies around the world informed about upcoming artists, such as myself, and about unknown artists who have never been discovered”