Note from the DC Blues Society Board of Directors

 

2020 has been a difficult time for everyone. Clearly, musicians, restaurant and music club owners, and for-profit as well as non-profit music-related organizations such as the DC Blues Society (DCBS) are one large category that has suffered.  During these challenging times, the DCBS is asking the community that has supported our monthly events and festivals over the years to continue to support DCBS by keeping their membership current and renewing it on time.  As an added incentive for members to renew their memberships, DCBS is offering 1-year renewals to include an extra 6 months (for a total of 18 months at no extra cost) and 2-year renewals to include a total 30 months at no additional cost.   

 

Since March 2020, DCBS has been unable to hold any live events, such as our monthly 1st Sunday jams, monthly 4th Friday Happy Hours, and special events such as the Annual DC Blues Festival, the College Park Blues Festival, and other special performances featuring national touring acts and local performers.  Please be assured that we intend to resume these activities when it is safe to do so.  In the interim, the DCBS Board of Directors has continued to meet each month (virtually) and is using this time to ensure that its financial and other records are in good order and maintained in automated systems. The Board is hopeful that in pursuing these administrative improvements, DCBS will be in a strong position to begin applying for grants and other financial support for its activities when in-person events can be held. DCBS also has some recurring bills to pay, and the membership dues help fund all these activities. 

 

With your help, the DCBS will return from this closure stronger than ever, and resume its role as a home for blues music lovers in the DC, MD and VA area.

 

The DCBS has always aimed to build a strong sense of community around a shared passion for the love of the blues. Because of our members, we are able to bring together a wonderful and diverse group of supporters in celebration of the blues. Stay safe and we hope to see you soon!

 

Pete Salsbury

President, DC Blues Society

September 2020

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