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ABOUT

About the BSWPA

The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWPA) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization affiliated with the Blues Foundation (www.blues.org).  The purpose of the BSWPA is to provide for the preservation, promotion, appreciation and enhancement of the uniquely American art form of blues music.
 
The BSWPA serves the local community by organizing and hosting various musical performances and fund raising events.  Community organizations we’ve supported include the Greater Pittsburgh Food Bank, Meals on Wheels, Music Smiles, The Wounded Warriors Project, Adagio Health, Blues for Toys and Blues to Fight Blindness.
 
Some BSWPA community projects include:
  • Blues in the Schools takes the historical aspect of the music to the children into our local schools.
  • The PITCH (Putting Instruments In Children's Hands) program that donates instruments to children that are musically inclined but financially challenged.
  • Concerts for our local veterans. The Blues is a Healer Tour takes the music to the Veterans Homes in the Pittsburgh area. We also have organized and provided music at the Veterans Stand Down and at the Disabled Veterans’ Olympic games.
     
The BSWPA also organizes and sponsors an Annual Blues Challenge. The winner of this event represents the western Pennsylvania region at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis. We are proud that our winner from 2013 placed 3rd at the IBC in 2014.
 
If you are interested in helping us serve the community while keeping the blues alive in our region, please join the Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania or make a donation. Your contribution to our fundraising efforts will help us accomplish our mission, serve our community and preserve for generations to come that unique, American music known as “The Blues.” The Blues Community thanks you for your support.
 
The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWPA) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation registered in the state of Pennsylvania. Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent of the law.

Mission Statement

  • The Blues Society of Western Pennsylvania (BSWPA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation whose mission is to provide for the preservation, promotion, appreciation and enhancement of Blues Music.  This popular American genre has influenced music and musicians on a global level.  Everyone knows what it means to have “The Blues,” and its contribution to contemporary culture cannot be over-estimated.  There are Blues Societies through the world dedicated to preserving this uniquely American contribution to Music.  The BSWPA has the privilege of carrying on this work in your region.
     
  • The Blues Society of Western PA has ongoing efforts to educate and promote the blues genre of music.
     
  • The Blues Society of Western PA does not act as a booking agency nor does it represent itself as such. We, the BSWPA, work as a group to attract people to the blues.
     
     

Diversity Statement

The Blues Society of Western PA (BSWPA) working as a representative to promote and preserve the Blues genre of music is committed to promoting equality, valuing diversity and combating unfair treatment. Equality of opportunity and freedom from discrimination is a  fundamental right and we exercise leadership and commitment in promoting this right.
 
We the Blues Society of Western PA do not recognize those societal divides and willingly promotes diversity. The BSWPA is all about the music and music alone. The music speaks for itself and offers great opportunity for all involved.
 
We, the BSWPA, are committed to ensuring that those involved in our operations are not discriminated against on the grounds of social circumstances or background, gender, race, color, ethnic origin, disability, sexuality, age, or religion.
 
The principles of tolerance and understanding and respect for others are central to what we believe.
The Blues Society of Western PA is focused on the music and the music knows no bounds as it heals, nurtures, entertains and satisfies all involved.
 
The principles of tolerance and understanding and respect for others are central to what we believe.