Photo by Sean Davis
International Blues Challenge
An annual Blues Foundation event in which affiliated blues societies from around the world send their best band and solo/duo performers for a head to head challenge along historic Beale Street to crown those acts ready to take the international blues stage.
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.
Blues in the Schools
The future of blues music resides with our next generation and we are committed to strong music education for children across the world. Through Blues in the Schools (BITS), The Blues Foundation collaborates and partners with Blues educators and Blues Affiliates to bring high quality blues educational programs to local communities.