The Blues Foundation was founded in Memphis, Tennessee, “The Home of the Blues,” in 1980 by its first executive director, Joe Savarin. Over the past 40 years, The Blues Foundation has grown from a small base of Memphis supporters that presented the first National Blues Awards at the Orpheum Theatre on November 16, 1980, to an international membership of over 4,000 individuals and organizations.
Discover Jersey Arts, presented by ArtPride New Jersey, is a multifaceted program dedicated to increasing the awareness of and participation in the arts in New Jersey. Coordinated through the regional Jersey Arts Marketers (JAM) network, this program provides resources for both arts organizations and patrons alike.
Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival
The Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival has expanded so that everyone can enjoy free music on Friday at Pioneer’s Plaza and on Saturday on the Morristown Green. Once again, the Morristown Jazz & Blues Festival will pay tribute to Linda Smith who was one of the festival founders and co-produced the event for years, and Michael Fabrizio who was also one of the founders and served on the festival board. They both sadly passed away in 2021.