The Blues Foundation Generation Blues Enlightens Youth About Blues Music

The Blues Foundation expanded its longstanding Blues in the Schools youth education efforts with a new initiative that began in 2010 entitled Generation Blues. This scholarship program allows qualified applicants under the age of 21 to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars and workshop programs such as Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, Augusta Heritage Center and Fernando Jones’ Columbia College Blues Camp.

Camps, seminars and workshops attended by Generation Blues scholarship recipients generally take place in the throughout the year in the recipients’ choice of locations. Participants are awarded the scholarships on an annual basis, and participation is open to anyone under the age of 21 and interested in the blues. Applicants must write a letter of intent and provide letters of recommendation. Video submissions are also accepted.

Blues Foundation board member and leader in the Generation Blues initiative Cassie Taylor notes “this is a wonderful way to ensure the future of the blues by helping young people get the education they need and deserve to help them grow as a blues artist.” Taylor started her career in blues music as a teenager when she toured successfully with her father, trance blues artist Otis Taylor.

Generation Blues joins a number of other successful youth initiatives launched by The Blues Foundation, including the popular Blues in the Schools which supports blues educators by providing a classroom curriculum that incorporates elements of history, math, English, music, and other disciplines as they can relate to the entire blues industry of making and promoting blues music. Youths under age 21 may also take advantage of free individual membership of The Blues Foundation.

By offering individuals up to the age of 21 free membership, the Foundation invites even more young blues lovers to get started on a lifetime of participation in the activities of their local blues society and The Blues Foundation. Generation Blues is one of several new programs announced to further assist blues musicians and those making their careers within the blues music community.

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