Keeping the Blues Alive® Foundation (KTBA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded by two-time GRAMMY nominated blues-rock artist Joe Bonamassa. Our mission is to fuel a passion for music in younger generations by funding projects and scholarships in order to provide students and teachers the resources and tools needed to further music education. Since its inception in 2011, KTBA has been able to fund music programs and initiatives that have impacted the lives of 70,000+ students in all 50 states. We accomplish this by making weekly donations to music projects in schools, as well as funding merit-based scholarships and extracurricular programs all over the country.
In 2020, KTBA took its mission a step further by forming the Fueling Musicians Program. This program was created as an emergency relief plan for touring musicians affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. By providing financial assistance for essential living expenses, the Fueling Musicians Program aims to help struggling musicians get back on the road again when it is safe. To date, we have helped over 300 musicians with immediate cash payments of $1,500. KTBA plans to make the Fueling Musicians Program a permanent part of the organization in order to help struggling musicians get on their feet and on the road!
With donations of almost $1.5 Million in total from fundraisers, merchandise sales, and more, the Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation has been able to help keep music education thriving!