Generation Blues

A scholarship program providing financial assistance to aspiring young blues musicians.

The Blues Foundation expanded its longstanding Blues in the Schools youth education efforts with a new initiative that began in 2010 entitled Generation Blues. Generation Blues was created to provide financial assistance to aspiring young Blues musicians whose limited financial resources might prohibit them from attending a Blues music learning opportunity. This scholarship program is available for those under the age of 21 to study their instrument of choice at reputable camps, seminars, and workshop programs in the United States and Canada. The Scholarship does not fund individual lessons or tuition.

Like Blues in the Schools, the Utah Blues Society is taking a national program and executing it on the local level. This year (2017-18) we awarded our first Generation Blues scholarship to the Music Garage to help sponsor a Blues Youth Band. Steve Auerbach and the Music Garage thoughtfully recruited deserving kids, 18 years and younger, to be a part of this program. They are practicing regularly now and will be featured as the opening act for this year’s Utah Blues Festival.

We are developing a formal application process for qualified applicants for the 2018-19 year and hope to fund additional kids for music schools this year. Check back here for further information or contact the Utah Blues Society.