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Ann Rabson Fund

"I've seen a number of blues in the schools programs which try to teach students how to become blues musicians. I decided to focus, instead, on turning them into blues fans."

Photo of Ann with kids in school.

Blues in school with Ann

Ann's family and The Blues Foundation have established the Ann Rabson Fund. Its goals are to encourage, especially through Blues in the Schools programs, an appreciation of blues music and its role in American culture, and to help young blues musicians improve their skills.

The fund was started with the proceeds from a memorial concert (for more, visit, and focuses on Blues in the Schools because that was a particular love of Ann's.

This spring and summer (2016) we've made the following grants:

Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, West Virginia, $450 for a 2016 Blues Week tuition scholarship

Billtown Blues Association, $700 toward the cost of an artist in residence for the Uptown Music Collective's 2017 Blues-A-Thon in Williamsport, Pennsylvania

Centrum, Port Townsend, Washington, $570 for a 2016 Acoustic Blues Workshop tuition scholarship

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We made these grants in 2015:

Augusta Heritage Center, Elkins, West Virginia, $415 to provide a housing stipend for a young Blues Week scholarship recipient (scholarships cover tuition, but not room and board)

Pinetop Perkins Foundation, Clarksdale, Mississippi, $700 for a 2016 piano Masterclass scholarship

Young Audiences of Virginia, Norfolk, Virginia, $450 for a blues presentation in Norfolk's Jacox Elementary School. [A plan to conduct professional development workshops for artists interested in BITS proved to be impractical, and that portion of our grant was returned.]

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We will be holding more fundraisers, but nothing is planned yet. In the meantime, please consider making a donation.

News of upcoming events, new grants, and other activities will be posted here, at, and through the e-mail newsletter.


Checks can be made out to "The Blues Foundation," with "Ann Rabson Fund" on the memo line, and mailed to:

The Blues Foundation
421 South Main St.
Memphis, TN 38103

To make an online donation by credit card (sorry, there's no PayPal option), click the link below, which will take you to the Blues Foundation donations page.


Click "Blues Foundation Donation." Then (IMPORTANT) type "Ann Rabson Fund" in the Comment box; choose an amount from the drop-down menus; and click "Add to Shopping Bag."

When you check out, be sure to tick the "Credit Card" option if that's how you want to pay. (If you tick "Check," that will complete the order, and you will receive an e-mail telling you where to mail the check.)

However you decide to do it, thanks!


To receive updates about the Ann Rabson Fund's activities, including fundraising events, e-mail If you are already on Ann's mailing list, you will remain on the list unless you ask to be removed. Future mailings will probably come from an address, so you might want to add that domain name to your whitelist.

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