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The Blues Foundation is an American nonprofit corporation, headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee, that is affiliated with more than 175 Blues organizations from various parts of the world. Founded in 1980, a twenty-five person Board of Directors governs the foundation whose stated mission is to preserve Blues music history. On its formation, the Foundation organized the annual W. C. Handy awards to "give recognition of the finest in blues performances and recordings." The awards have since been renamed "The Blues Music Awards".
The Blues Foundation is also responsible for the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, International Blues Challenge Competition, Keeping the Blues Alive Awards, Blues In The Schools programs. "The Blues Foundation has 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 expenses."
On October 1, 2015, Barbara B. Newman succeeded Jay Sieleman as President and Chief Executive Officer of the Blues Foundation.
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