Objectives of the European Blues Association
To advance the education of the general public in the history and appreciation of African American music and culture by:
- the protection and preservation of an archive of material related to the music of peoples of African descent, including African American music and culture in general and Blues in particular; to make this accessible for the public benefit in a resource centre.
the presentation of public recitals and lectures featuring African American music
How you can support our objectives
Become an Associate Member
There are three categories of membership of the EBA: Life Member (Life Trustee) Ordinary Member (Ordinary Trustee) and Associate Member. The Life and Ordinary Members appoint and form the Board of Trustees that functions as the EBA management committee. The Charity created the category of Associate Members to enable enthusiasts to express their support for the organisation.
We have an active and increasing base of Annual and Life Associate Members - including residents from the United Kingdom, Holland, Luxemburg, Belgium, France, Norway, Sweden, Hong Kong and the USA. Associate Members are drawn from diverse backgrounds. In addition to enthusiastic members of the public who are keen supporters of our aims, our members include noted perfromers, academics and educationalists.
Become a Volunteer
The EBA is run by volunteers from far and wide to enable our income to be spent meeting our objectives. We always need volunteers to help with maintaining the opening hours of the Resouce and Activity Centre, cataloguing and helping out with live events.
Take part in EBA activities
Support us by attending EBA concerts, talks and music-making events such as Workshops. If you are near enough to Gloucester, or passing by, stop in to see the Paul Oliver 'Story of the Blues' exhibition.
Become a Benefactor
We welcome all contributions to help us meet our objectives and would like to thank everyone who has already given since our foundation in 1999. Your donation will help us to continue to provide the facility for housing the Archive and support our on-going educational music activities. Please contact us ff you wish to contribute to our work.
Become a Donor
Whether you have a large collection or a few items related to African American music, please consider donating them to our expanding Archive. We are interested in all items to do with any form of African American music that contribute to understanding the music or its historical context.