(Houston, TX) – On March 26th the blues community of Houston will be meeting to raise money in support of the Blues Foundation’s HART Fund. This event will take place at one of Houston’s landmark clubs, Rockefellers. This great hall is ideal for showcasing music and this concert will be a special event! There is parking available, with security on hand. The bill is made up of the local bands who have represented the Houston Blues Society in the International Blues Challenge for the past four years. 2017 Blues Music Award nominees Trudy Lynn and Annika Chambers will be joining the bands. Above the dance floor and seating area will be tables set with auction items, including works of art and music, concert tickets, even travel opportunities. These auctions always amaze! All money collected at the gate and auction will go directly to the Hart Fund. Join us. Blues fans, this is a cause dear to our hearts!
The HART Fund is one aspect of the Memphis based Blues Foundation organization that serves the blues community at large. The fund was started 17 years ago by Mike Kappus, the owner of the Rosebud Agency, and it provides health care for professional blues musicians in need, including performers in Texas. It has been funded by personal donations, through fundraisers and through grant support. In this past year the fund was able to secure a record $70,000! A third of the dollars is allocated for medical, a third for dental and a third for funeral expenses. The fund also helps in negotiating fair pricing, discounts and access to patient assistance programs.
The HART Fund has held proactive health screenings in Memphis at the International Blues Challenge in February and the Blues Music Awards in May. In 2016 the Hart Fund helped about 35 individuals with financial support. www.blues.org. The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The HART Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses.