Rhythm and Blues Foundation

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Rhythm & Blues Foundation
Founded 1988
Location
Key people
Damon Williams (Board Chairman)
Terry Stewart (Board Vice Chairman)
Jeff Harleston (Treasurer)
Kenneth Gamble (Secretary)
Website www.rhythmblues.org

The Rhythm and Blues Foundation is an independent American nonprofit organization dedicated to the historical and cultural preservation of rhythm and blues music.

The idea for the foundation came in 1987 during discussions about royalties with entertainer Ruth Brown, entertainment attorney Howell Begle, and Ahmet Ertegün, the head of Atlantic Records. Ertegün provided a $1.5 million donation, and the foundation was officially established in 1988. The foundation provides financial support, medical assistance and educational outreach through various grants and programs to support R&B and Motown artists from the 1940s through the 1970s.

The Rhythm and Blues Foundation also produces the Pioneer Awards. It administers the Doc Pomus Financial Assistance Program, The Motown/Universal Music Group Fund, and the Gwendolyn B. Gordy Fuqua Fund.

Pioneer Award honorees

2008

2006

2003

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1997

1996

1995

1994

1993

1992

1990/91

1989

External links

  • Rhythm and Blues Foundation website
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