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

Rhythm & Blues Foundation
Founded1988
Key people
Damon Williams (Board Chairman)
Terry Stewart (Board Vice Chairman)
Jeff Harleston (Treasurer)
Kenneth Gamble (Secretary)
Websitewww.rhythmblues.org

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.[1] Ertegün provided a $1.5 million donation, and the foundation was officially established in 1988 in Washington, D.C. and in 2005 moved its offices to Philadelphia, P.A. 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 has also produced their Annual event the Pioneer Awards since the 1980s, then under the Direction of Suzan Jenkins, Executive Director. It also administered the Doc Pomus Financial Assistance Program, The Motown/Universal Music Group Fund, and the Gwendolyn B. Gordy Fuqua Fund providing emergency assistance to legendary aging artists.

Pioneer Award honoreesEdit

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1990/91

1989

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Selke, Lori (October 23, 2017). "Forebears: Ruth Brown, The Fabulous Miss Rhythm". NPR.
  2. ^ Miss Rhythm: The Autobiography of Ruth Brown, Page 328

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