About Us


Blues – the unique American art form, has evolved over the past 100 years from African American poetry, spirituals and work-songs into a thriving music movement.  In fact, many genres of music can trace their roots back to the Blues. Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation fosters and highlights the genre’s inspirational history through Joe’s personal experience and growth within the Blues/Rock community over the past 20+ years.

JBinAudienceKeeping 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 the music industry.  Through generous corporate sponsorships by industry powerhouses Ernie Ball Strings, Guitar Center, J&R Adventures, and donors like YOU!, KTBA has been able to fund music projects affecting over 50,000 students in all 50 states since 2013!  We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in schools and merit based scholarships all over the country. 

Read our latest Donation Stories by clicking here.

In the public education sector, we instill a message that music is a critical asset to any public education curriculum by spreading awareness to the global community about the benefits of S.T.E.M. to S.T.E.A.M. integration and the positive return of investing in the Arts as a whole.

Finally, we preach the message that although music is an innate and accessible outlet for creativity, realizing your dreams in this industry requires discipline, perseverance, and extreme dedication.

Passionate about our cause? Help us make a difference in a child’s life by making a small contribution today!

Our Mission

Music Advocate

How does Joe support music education?
In addition to weekly donations to music education programs, the non-profit supports scholarships and promotes blues music by partnering with sponsors such as Guitar Center, Ernie Ball, and Joe’s label, J&R Adventures.


Joe Bonamassa

Blues Rocker and Advocate for Music Education
As Joe Bonamassa continues to grow his reputation as one of the world’s greatest guitar players, he is also using his star power to be an advocate for music education.

Our Sponsors

Ernie Ball | Strings and Accessories

Ernie Ball is the leading premium guitar string manufacturer, and their products can be found in over 130 countries around the world!

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Guitar Center

Guitar Center is the largest chain of musical instrument retailers in the world, with over 240 locations throughout the United States!

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J&R Adventures

J&R Adventures is the Official Music management Company and Record Label for JOE BONAMASSA and BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION.

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Musicians Institute (Hollywood, CA)

(2012) Joe Bonamassa Blues Guitar Scholarship

The $3,000 scholarship (tuition credit) will be awarded in Spring 2013 to a newly enrolling intermediate or advanced student (US or non-US citizens) in the Associate of Arts in Performance (Guitar) Program at MI who demonstrates overall outstanding musicianship, and the potential for developing their own individual sound or unique voice on the instrument in the blues genre. Two tickets and VIP backstage “meet and greet” to a future Joe Bonamassa concert (date/time TBD) are also included in the award package.

Winner Announced!

Fla. Atlantic University (Boca Raton, FL)

(2013) KTBA Grant Awarded

We are pleased to announce a unique $1500 KTBA Grant Awarded to five (5) FAU students from the music department!

Winners included Jack Hernandez, Jessica De Meo, Tarra Guerra, Dragana Simonovska and Eerang Ahn!




Keeping The Blues Alive Foundation teamed up with School of Rock to offer a scholarship for the Fall 2013 Semester!   Two students were able to attend private lessons and group rock band instruction!  Click the button to hear Ryan’s story!



Coastal Carolina University

(2014) KTBA Grant Funded

More details coming soon!



The Juilliard School

(2014) KTBA Grant Funded

More details coming soon!

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