Sacramento Blues Society

The Mission Statement of the Sacramento Blues Society is to keep the Blues Alive in the Sacramento area, by promoting the local blues music scene, bringing international renowned artists to the region and educating our youth about Blues and its cultural significance.

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Address: P.O. Box 60580
Sacramento, CA 95860
County or Parish: Sacramento
Primary NTEE: Arts,Culture & Humanities 
Sub NTEE: Music 
Executive Director: Renee Erickson
Contact Email:
Primary Phone: 916-425-3963
The Sacramento Blues Society (SBS) is a non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1979. Affiliated with the International Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, SBS was named Affiliated Blues Society of the Year and was honored with the Keeping The Blues Alive award at the 2015 International Blues Challenge. SBS has kept the blues tradition alive in the Sacramento area by promoting the local blues music scene, bringing international renowned artists to the region, and encouraging students local blues musicians to keep the music alive. The current SBS Board of Directors includes professional musicians along with community arts advocates.
Blues in the Schools: $500 will pay for 1 school assembly; $3,000 will pay for 24 hours of after-school lessons; $1,500 will pay for professional musicians to present the Songwriting Series for local court and community school students.
Musician's Crisis Fund: $100 donations will help replenish the Musicians Crisis Fund
Hall of Fame: $500 will pay for one inductee into the Sacramento Blues Society Hall of Fame.
Ongoing Events and Programs: $1500 will pay for 1 to 2 performers for our Black History Month or other events
Blue Notes Newsletter: $500 will pay for printing and mailing of two issues of the Blue Notes newsletter.
Our top needs:
  1. Funding: Unrestricted - Funding is needed for costs associated with a variety of events, such as $4,000 will cover plane fare, hotel and other costs to send a local band representing the Sacramento Blues Society to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN; $2,000 will cover artist fees and accommodations to bring award-winning musicians from out of the area to perform in Sacramento; $750 will cover a hall rental for one of our performance events (costs go up with catered food &/or beverages).
  2. Space: Office or Other - Donation of a recital hall or large hall for a musical performance for a 4 - 6 hour period The Sacramento Blues Society presents several music events throughout the year.
  3. Other - Please Describe - Donations of raffle prize items for fundraising such as gift certificates (for meals, massage, manicure or other personal services, Sacramento river cruise), art or photographs with a musical theme, guitars/instruments, gift baskets.
  4. In-Kind Donations - Services such as printing posters, fliers or banners; professional consulting such as bookkeeping, CPA and taxes.
  5. Volunteers - Volunteers are always welcome and much appreciated at our events!
Music is magic. Music transforms, transports and heals. The Sacramento Blues Society offers a variety of programs that promote community enrichment, including our Blues Musicians' Hall of Fame, our Gene Chambers Musicians' Crisis Fund, our participation in the Blues Foundation's annual International Blues Challenge, and our well-known Blues in the Schools program. Our series of Blues music events, including events that honor Black History Month and International Blues Day, provide opportunities to bring Blues music to the Sacramento audience. Our ongoing support and sponsorship of weekly blues jam sessions also provide opportunities for seasoned and upcoming local musicians to play and network with each other. We also publish a bi-monthly newsletter, called the Blue Notes, which features articles, photos and information of interest to the Blues, arts and general communities.