The Alabama Blues Project received a grant from the Daniel Foundation for $10,000 for their after school camp and clubs. Located in Tuscaloosa, the Alabama Blues Project seeks to preserve the Blues as a traditional and contemporary American art form, with particular attention to the contribution from Alabama’s great blues musicians. They present a wide range of blues education programs and school residencies across the state.
Each after school camp is 10 sessions for children ages 6 to 18. Professional musicians teach the Blues. Children learn to play the Blues on their choice of harmonica, guitar, drums, or vocals. Each session consists of hands-on and performance based music instruction, improvisation, composition, Blues history, music theory and life skills. Their program has been the recipient of several awards including the “Coming up Taller” award from the President’s Committee on the Arts and Humanities. They will serve 2000 students this next year.