Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation
As music lovers migrated from stage to stage onboard Blues Alive at Sea IV - high-fiving passersby, sipping their ocean potions and shaking their hips – something else special was happening on this floating music festival: philanthropy!
If any word could summarize the audience of Joe Bonamassa’s blues festival at sea, it would be generous. That’s because over $90,000 was raised during the 4-day blues festival, for Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation – a Florida-registered nonprofit founded by Joe in 2011. Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fuels the passion for music by funding programs and scholarships for students and teachers who possess the desire, but lack the resources or access to achieve their potential within music education. Through generous corporate sponsorships by industry powerhouses Ernie Ball Strings, Guitar Center, J&R Adventures, and individual donors, KTBA has been able to fund music projects reaching over 50,000 students with over $230,000 donated so far. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in education and scholarships all over the country.
Fundraisers held on board 2018's Keeping the Blues Alive at Sea IV raised money to support KTBA foundation included: a sweepstakes for a chance to win a cabin, guitar, an exclusive Joe Bonamassa Meet and Greet, a raffle for 3 beautiful, signed-guitars; one with last year’s artists, one signed by Black Country Communion and one of Mr. Bonamassa’s own collection, one interactive wine tasting curated by Ira Goldberg (a KTBA Board Member/Wine-maker) and a special beer tasting sponsored by local craft brewery Wynwood Brewing!
We could not be more honored, proud, and thankful for YOU, our BLUES Cruisers who blew us away with your support. Thanks to this record-shattering contribution by you, Joe and Norwegian Cruise Lines, the Foundation has successfully begun the process of allocating funds to new exciting ventures.
In addition to regular scholarship funding, donations KTBA has funded over 300 different music projects ranging from new instruments, sheet music, teacher-development programs and unique experiences for at-risk youth in schools across America. To date, the Foundation has been able to support over 50,000 students nationwide through funding projects. The KTBA music festivals have played a major part in reaching thousands of students and supporting them on their musical journeys through life.
With another Blues Alive at Sea planned for 2019, artist lineups, themed party nights, and charity fundraising activities are already being organized. For more information about how to donate, please visit www.keepingthebluesalive.org.