Delta Blues Museum Receives $25K Grant from Blues
The Blues Music Foundation, a non-profit organization launched during 2003's Year of the Blues celebration, announced that it has awarded $191,650 in grants to non-profit organizations and museums that celebrate and preserve the blues. An award of $25,000 was made to the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, MS.
Established in 2003, the Foundation set out to dedicate the net proceeds from the "Salute to the Blues" benefit concert to underwrite projects that promote blues education, assist organizations with special blues-related needs, and support other worthy blues causes.
The benefit concert was produced by Experience Music Project at Radio City Music Hall in New York in February, 2003.
Additionally, the Foundation committed the net proceeds from Lightning in a Bottle -- the concert film that resulted from “Salute to the Blues" -- to help fund the blues grants. The film was produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Antoine Fuqua and had its theatrical and DVD/CD release in 2004.
Highlights of programs funded include: $8,000 to the Beale Street Caravan for the archiving, preserving and cataloging of a selection of sources materials of its weekly, hour-long, internationally syndicated, non-commercial blues radio program; $25,000 to the Carnegie Hall Society to support Carnegie Hall's Perelman American Roots program, an educational initiative that integrates the study of American roots music into the middle school social studies curriculum; $15,000 to the Highway 61 Radio Program to secure the future of this twenty-year radio show and build the collection at the world's largest Blues Archive; and $3,000 to the River City Blues Society of Richmond, VA to create a "blues package" that will include curriculum materials, recordings, documents and transcriptions, lyrics, and visual material to be used in the classroom by teachers in a variety of disciplines.
Other organizations to receive funds are: American Roots Music Education ($7,150); Blues Lovers United of San Diego ($10,000); Canada South Blues Society ($9,000); Center for Southern Folklore ($25,000); The Colorado Blues Society ($13,000); Delta Blues Museum ($25,000); Mississippi Valley Blues Society ($6,500); Music Maker Relief Foundation ($25,000); Santa Barbara Blues Foundation ($10,000); and Suncoast Blues Society Inc. ($10,000).