We hear much of the political talk with healthcare at the center. Well just as those working regular jobs need coverage so do the Blues musicians. Because of their work medical coverage is hard to get or way too expensive.
The Blues Foundation has established its HART fund to help those in time of need. It is one of the committees that I sat on while on the Foundation Board that was always active.
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.
Requests for funding can be made by contacting The Blues Foundation at 901.527.2583 ext 12. You can also call to make a donation.
A short application form is required. A committee reviews the application to ensure the individual qualifies and the request is for health related financial needs.
Grants generally range up to $1500. Funds are generally paid directly to the service provider.
Over the years, contributions have been made by our members and other donors and donations have also come from specific benefit events. Funds donated to the HART Fund are dedicated 100% to artist relief efforts. Contributions may be made online here or by sending a check to: The Blues Foundation (HART Fund), 49 Union Avenue, Memphis, TN 38103.
There are other resources that provide help to Blues musicians in need. Testimonials from Blues Artists who were helped by the HART Fund will be provided at a later date or you can go to the Blues Foundation website.
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