Hart Fund 2017-11-01T18:52:36+00:00

   HART Fund

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.

To date, over $34,000 has been raised for the HART Fund!

We recently asked our affiliates to organize a Day of HART Fundraiser during the month of February, our Month of HART. Thank you to the following blues societies for your participation and contribution in helping all of our wonderful blues musicians stay healthy.

Blues Alliance of the Treasure Coast Blues Society of Omaha Gulf Coast Blues Association
Houston Blues Society Nashville Blues Society National Women in Blues (WiB)
Ottawa Blues Society’s Great Polar Bear Showcase Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas
Phoenix Blues Society Suncoast Blues Society

How the HART Fund has helped

“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.”

Amberly Stokes (with Tim Bett's blessing)

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,”

Earl Hancock

“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!”

Mark Telesca

“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.”

Lynda & David “Hurricane” Hoerl

More Resources

Assists radio and TV professionals with personal or family crisis. Includes: on-air talent, editors producers, management, technical staff, news persons, etc.

website

Compare prices for all FDA-approved prescription drugs at virtually every pharmacy in America. Find pharmacy coupons, manufacturer discounts, generics, comparable drug choices and savings tips all in one place.

website

Provides financial assistance, in the event of an emergency or major catastrophe, terminal or severe illness, to individuals who have derived a substantial portion of their income from the field of Gospel music.

website

Its free Fair Price™ search tool makes it easy to find the price you can expect to pay for medical services in your area. With answers at your fingertips, you can now make fully-informed decisions to get the right care at the right price – whenever you need it.

website

Keeping Music in Austin Alive & Well. If you are an uninsured, professional musician in the Austin-area, you may be eligible for low-cost primary health care services, basic dental care and mental health counseling through HAAM, the Health Alliance for Austin Musicians.

website

With its Musicians Emergency Fund, provides help for elder Jazz and Blues Musicians in the form of rent, utility and food assistance. It also partners with Englewood Hospital in NJ to provide free medical assistance through a pro bono network of physicians and specialists.

website

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.

website

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.

website

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.

website

Serves musicians and household members 18+ with subsidized vision, dental/mental health. Quest Diagnostics donates lab fees. Free med’s thru PAP’s. Daughters of Charity-nonprofit pharm. Sliding scale uninsured.

website

Educating men and their loved ones about prostate cancer and empowering them to make informed decisions about this deadly disease and the numerous options available to them prior to a diagnosis.

website
The Pinetop Assistance League fulfills a mission of the Pinetop Perkins Foundation and services include: temporary home care, transportation to medial related appointments and more.

website

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.

website

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.

website

Provides financial assistance to all types of career musicians who are facing illness, disability, or age-related problems. Helps preserve our most profound art by becoming one of music’s many compassionate and generous charities.

website

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”    

Grady Champion
LEARN MORE ABOUT MEMBER BENEFITS

Our Sponsors and Partnerships