What We Do
HELPING & CONNECTING ARTISTS SINCE 1994
Grants to our partner musicians help them keep roofs over their heads, food on their tables, instruments in their hands, and help them weather crises.
We book our artists’ performances—everywhere from venues in their hometowns to stages around the world—and provide them with CDs to sell in their communities.
We create books, release recordings, and curate exhibitions that tour museums across the United States, creating cultural equity for our partner artists.
Meet the Artist & Discover the Music
Pat “Mother Blues” CohenBlues
Pat Cohen shares the mettle, pathos and ocean-deep compassion of the blues singers she idolizes — Billie Holiday, Koko Taylor and Etta James. Despite losing her home twice, she keeps taking her talent and compassion to the world.
Discover “Hanging Tree Guitars”Blues
Sculptor and art guitar maker Freeman Vines’ revelatory “Hanging Tree Guitars” project — now an acclaimed book and exhibition featured on NPR and in Rolling Stone — reveals an unspoken American history and gives voice to those silenced.
Etta was an extraordinarily sophisticated, highly lyrical, and ultimately extremely influential guitar player. She rarely sang and told us she didn’t need to. Her guitar, she told us, spoke for her.
Albert Smith was a soft-spoken man, but when he sat down at the piano to play and sing, he transformed into a rollicking, barrelhouse pianist and a blues shouter like no other you’ve ever heard.
Charles “Sugar Harp” BurroughsBlues
In the 65 years since Charles Burroughs first picked up the harmonica, he has more than earned his moniker, Sugar Harp.
Discover the Sacred Soul of North CarolinaSacred
The jubilee quartet style has roots going back to the 17th century — and branches into life in the 21st. This music influenced the formation of rock ’n’ roll, soul, and rhythm & blues.
Photo by Zoe van Buren.