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Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation Inc.

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Alliances & Advocacy, Arts & Culture, Music

Mission: KTBA’s purpose is to help nurture the next generation of musicians and appreciators by funding music educational programs and scholarships for students and teachers who posses the desire but lack the resources or access that would enable them to achieve their potential within the music industry. By using the Blues genre as a vessel for musical growth, the Foundation aims to stimulate and foster relationships within the music community – paying it forward to young musicians while sustaining the Blues as a beacon of American history and culture as an artform. To maximize our impact on current efforts, we may seek to collaborate with other non-profit organizations which fall under the 501(c) (3) section of the internal revenue code and are operated exclusively for educational and charitable purposes.

Results: To date we have funded 158 initiatives for the advancement of music education in schools across the country. 6 scholarships bear our name, including our Torchbearers - students who have received scholarships or grants on our behalf. These gifts have affected over 30,000 students across the U.S. and we are giving every week!

Target demographics: pass the torch onto the next generation of musicians

Direct beneficiaries per year: to date: 158 music projects, 6 scholarships; impacting 30,000 students

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: funding for music classrooms and scholarships around the nation

Community Stories

13 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

Keeping the Blues Alive generously supported our high school's request for money to help support our attendance at a festival in San Diego, CA, through Donorschoose.org. My students and I are extremely grateful for their support and love for music in the USA. -Joshua White, Music Director: Santa Cru Valley UHS, Eloy, AZ

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I think Willie Dixon said it best..."That's the reason I always say about music, the blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits. Without the roots, you have no fruits so it's better keeping the roots alive because it means better fruits from now on." Blues music is the history of the human experience in music...so (for me personally) keeping blues alive means to preserve a forum for valuable expression and insight.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation in my experience has been awesome! After posting a grant on donors choose for drumsticks and tambourines, their generous donation has helped me achieve the best lesson unit with my older students so far! The kids are thriving and it's all because of their wonderful donation.

Donor

Rating: 4

Very pleasant interaction, honorable objective, gracious and appreciative recipient.

Donor

Rating: 5

Blues music is the roots of virtually all American music. The Blues can be about good times as well as give solace and comfort in bad times. The Blues can be a part of anyone's life, it knows no boundaries. During the past sixty some years I have seen the popularity of the Blues rise and fall many times. Unfortunately the Blues never seems to get the radio airplay and exposure it deserves. Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation Inc. is a long overdue organization that not only gives the younger generation the tools and hopefully incites in them the desire to carry on this uniquely American musical art form and follow in the footsteps of the legends that have kept the Blues rolling along in good times and bad. The Blues is alive and well in spite of what some people think and Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation Inc. is doing it's best to keep it that way. Who knows maybe the next legendary Bluesman (or woman) will be the result of the work being done by Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation Inc.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

KTBA is run by people who are truly passionate about furthering music education in schools. The foundation has made a positive impact on many lives.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am a 5-12 band director in a rural district. We are short on funds, and I am short on some basic equipment. I posted a Donor's Choose Project worth about $800 hoping to get part of it funded. The Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation fully funded my project! I now have tuners, metronomes, guitar picks, and more to use in my classroom! I was and still humbled by the generosity of this fine organization.

Former staff

Rating: 5

I've witnessed the need for music education support from both sides (teacher and former contributor to Keeping the Blues Alive) and love the work Shawn and the team get done. Aside from their regular social media posts raising awareness to the general public, KTBA has accomplished some concrete objectives such as funding instrumental programs in many different areas of the country. Keep up the great work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keeping music in schools absolutely necessary for our youth. This is a great foundation.

1 Karly H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing focus and I feel they are impacting our future leaders. So much potential here. Love the direction and creative forces in this movement!

1 Bobbiejean C.

Donor

Rating: 5

I am 63 and grew up in small rural schools where football was king and music barely existed. most kids had to rent their instruments. it touches me deeply to see these schools getting needed items for their programs. Keeping The Blues Alive is doing an excellent job of getting needed materials to schools in need. I have been a blues fan since I was little. I grew up in Mississippi listening to negro gospel out of ackerman in the morning and bluegrass in the evening. my "tataw" --granddaddy--played harmonica & banjo. love this organization. wish I could contribute more than I have.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Keeping the Blues Alive is such an important cause to me. Music education was everything to me growing up and it really influenced my positive attitude and outlook on life. As more funding is cut from schools and local areas to promote the arts, I hope KTBA can continue to make a difference in the lives of others.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

What a wonderful charity!
My wife and I have been involved with KTBA for just a year now, and we cannot say enough great things about this charity & its founder Joe Bonamassa!
We strongly believe in music education and have seen the difference music makes in children's lives.
Our donations go directly to individual kids as well as kids in the classrooms in all 50 states . The KTBA.org website allows us to see students who have received scholarships and instruments on a weekly basis.
We have decided to get more involved with Keeping the Blues Alive and to help champion this cause in our area.
Keep up the great work!