Dear Blues Fans,
The Blues Society needs your help in keeping the blues alive. The MVBS is launching a fundraising campaign. Reaching this year’s fundraising goal of $100,000 will allow the Mississippi Valley Blues Society to continue providing this wonderfully American form of music in our community. We have encountered unforeseen financial challenges the past several years. The rain has come, and the Mighty Mississippi has risen out of its banks three out of the past six years, forcing us to move from LeClaire Park to downtown Davenport, which adds to our expenses. Even with these challenges, we continue to offer the first-rate Blues Festival that earlier this year earned the Keeping the Blues Alive Award from The Blues Foundation of Memphis, TN, as “one of the longest running, most prestigious blues festivals in the world.” We plan to continue that excellence and need your help to do so.
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society plays an important role locally, nationally, and internationally to “keep the blues alive.” We keep the blues in the forefront of music in our schools through Blues in the Schools that last year reached over 7,500 students and in our community by offering a series of events that culminate in the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival. Last year, we estimate that more than 9,000 individuals came through our gates at the Festival. This important work is supported by the financial assistance of generous donors who contribute to our events. My heartfelt thanks to those of you who have contributed to that success.
The Mississippi Valley Blues Society is not only important to individual members of our community, but also to our community’s economic wellbeing. Over the past 30 years, the Fest has contributed over $21 million to the local economy through revenue and taxes generated when Blue’s Fest attendees stay at local hotels, eat at local restaurants, and use other essential services.
Will you please make a gift to the Blues Society? Your tax deductible donation will provide students throughout the community with a quality blues educational experience, offer the community many opportunities to hear quality blues music, and allow us to offer the high-quality BluesFest that you have come to appreciate. Please see the online donation option below.
I look forward to seeing you at one of our many events this year!
Scott Klarkowski—President, Mississippi Valley Blues Society