The State has a very active Blues Society. From its Mission Statement, The Connecticut Blues Society is dedicated to the promotion and preservation of the Blues as a unique music form in the State of Connecticut. Founded in 1993, CTBS is a non-profit organization and an affiliated member of the Blues Foundation, a worldwide network of 185 affiliates with an international membership in 12 countries.
CTBS is a great way to cultivate one’s love for the Blues and make friends that share this interest. Members receive State of the Blues, a newsletter, which provides information on the local and national Blues scene, along with reviews of CDs and other Blues products.
CTBS is a Recipient of the “Keeping The Blues Alive Award”, in 2010 from the Blues Foundation, for the Best Organization. Since it was founded, the Connecticut Blues Society has been at the forefront of all blues events and programs in the Nutmeg state. Though most of its events are music related – supporting weekly jams at a variety of Connecticut blues clubs, co-sponsoring blues festivals and events, and running one of the most extensive IBC Band and Solo/Duo competitions in the U.S.- the CTBS is also very active in many service programs. The IBC program will be beginning soon.
In the past, it has run benefits for the March of Dimes. It also holds two events each year raising funds with the local Hannon-Hatch VFW Post. In addition to its education outreach programs, CTBS also assists with monthly concerts at the Connecticut Veterans Administration facility. Because this Society covers an entire state, it offers a model of music, history and community service for any other affiliated society.
It is known for its ”Blues Blizzard,” held at the end of the Winter. It is a party like no other in the state. Five bands play through the evening with the crowd always wanting more.
CTBS is affiliated with the Blues Foundation in Memphis.
The Blues Foundation is Memphis-based, but is the international organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this uniquely American art form. Founded in 1980, The Blues Foundation has 3500 individual members and 185 affiliated local blues societies representing another 50,000 fans and professionals around the world.
It hosts its signature honors and events–the Blues Music Awards, Blues Hall of Fame, International Blues Challenge and Keeping the Blues Alive Awards–make it the world center of blues music.
Its HART Fund provides the blues community with medical assistance while its Sound Healthcare program offers musicians health insurance access. Blues in the Schools programs and Generation Blues scholarships expose the next generations to blues music. Throughout the year, the Foundation staff serves the worldwide Blues community with answers, contact information and news.
The Foundation is led by a twenty-five person Board of Directors. Funding for The Blues Foundation comes from membership dues, private donations, corporate sponsorships, grants from private foundations, government agencies and arts organizations and merchandise, advertising and event ticket sales.