Keeping The Blues Alive in Philadelphia

Philly Blues Society is a volunteer arts organization dedicated to the preservation blues culture. Our stated mission is to assist in the preservation of the blues as a part of our cultural heritage and tradition through public awareness and education, and through fostering an environment for the blues artist to grow and develop. We will: 

  1. Provide a venue for local artists to develop and perform through sponsoring, producing and promoting the following types of events:
    1. Regularly scheduled showcases or jam sessions where artists can perform with professional and semi-professional musicians before a live audience.
    2. Annual talent contests to qualify for the national blues talent contest (The Blues Foundation) which are limited to acts or individual artists who are not signed to a recording contract or professional management contract. 
  2. Contribute to the cultural diversity of the community by sponsoring, producing and promoting a regularly scheduled, annual festival of professional blues artists.
  3. Maintain an archive of blues recordings, which is available to the public for the purposes of research and education.
  4. Maintain a registry of performing blues musicians within our community, and our state. 
  5. Collaborate with other concerned organizations, agencies or individuals in providing educational or entertaining events that are within the scope of our stated mission/purpose/goal.
  6. Publish a newsletter to communicate information on regional blues activities, releases of blues recordings, features of historical and cultural significance, and business to the membership, and other concerned parties.