Mission Statement

To preserve blues heritage, celebrate blues recording and performance, expand statewide awareness of the blues, and ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.

About Us

The Utah Blues Society is a non-profit corporation with 501(c)3 status, dedicated to expanding the reach of Blues music, and creating awareness for the Blues throughout Utah. Through the use of special events, educational programs, concerts, and music workshops, the UBS will dedicate time to community outreach. The UBS will partake in the popular “Blues in Schools” program by reaching out to schools throughout Utah and teaching kids about the history and significance of the Blues in American music and culture, through both lectures and performing music in the classroom.

The UBS will also be a networking resource for Blues artists both locally and nationally. The website already has a listing of Utah Blues bands and contact info therefore, as well as a listing of venues that routinely feature Blues.

As of June 13, 2015, the UBS hosts an annual fundraising Blues music festival, “The Utah Blues Festival.” This event morphed out of the "RnB Rendezvous" the brainchild of Brian Kelm and Greg Daniels (President and member of UBS, respectively), which went on every summer from 2009 - 2014, benefiting various causes.

The UBS will promote, preserve, and advance the culture and tradition of Blues music as the great American musical art form that it is. The UBS is a tax-exempt, Utah non-profit corporation with donations encouraged . The UBS is a blues society affiliate with The Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN. As such, The Blues Foundation requires that affiliates charge something by way of membership dues. In order to be accessible, the UBS has set the basic membership at a mere $25 per year, but hey, if business is good and you'd like credit in heaven, when not get a MOJO Membership at $50 or even a KING/QUEEN OF THE BLUES Membership at $100!!! There is also a general "HELP THE CAUSE!" donate button linked to Paypal for those who simply wish to "Donate" but for whatever reason, don't want to become a "Member."

Non-Profit Status / Tax Numbers

On May 15, 2014, we officially incorporated as a Utah Non-profit Corporation. Our Entity Number is 9045461-0140. On May 15, 2014, the IRS issued Form SS-4 assigning us an EIN of 46-5673826.

On May 20, 2014, D&B fulfilled our request for a D-U-N-S number which is 079403065.

In July 2014, we filed for 501(c)(3) status, expecting it to take a year. However, on November 8, 2014, we received a letter dated 10/30/14 from the I.R.S. exempting your UBS from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code, officially making us a public charity (retroactive to our initial filing date of May 15, 2014)! Yeah!!