Blues Hall of Fame
Blues Hall of Fame Since 1980, The Blues Foundation has inducted 350 performers, industry professionals, recordings and literature into the Blues Hall of Fame. Of the 130 performer inductees, 120 of them are African-American. A Blues Hall of Fame induction ceremony is held each year in Memphis to honor the legends. The Blues Hall of Fame: (1) pays tribute to the great blues men and women, giving them and their music the respect and validation they deserve; (2) educates tens of thousands of visitors about blues music and its performers, whether those visitors are young school children or music fans from around the globe; and (3) brings tens of thousands of visitors into contact with The Blues Foundation, for increased membership, increased donations to our HART Fund and Generation Blues (young musician scholarships) and merchandise sales that help fund all of our programs. The Blues Hall of Fame will be the place to: honor inductees year-round; educate the public about the music; experience audio and visual performances; and preserve historic mementos of this art form. The new Blues Hall of Fame will be the place for serious blues fans, casual visitors, and wide-eyed students. It will facilitate audience development and membership growth. It will expose, enlighten, educate, and entertain. The new facility will serve all four components of The Blues Foundation's mission: preserving history, celebrating excellence, supporting education, and ensuring the future of the music. We have now secured pledges and donations of over $2.8 million. Of the $2.8 million, $1.8 million has come from blues fans around the world. Much of the rest was donated by Memphis philanthropic foundations. Construction began in June and the Grand Opening took place the day after the Blues Music Awards on May 8, 2015.
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