Saturday, March 06, 2010

New law to help Mississippi blues artists in need

The Mississippi Legislature has passed a bill that will provide help to struggling blues artists in the state, according to the Associated Press.

The legislation allows the Mississippi Blues Commission to "raise and expend grant funds to provide assistance to any blues musician in need." The bill amends the original law that created the commission.

The commission will handle the funds, which would only go to Mississippi performers. "We don't just want some guy who goes out and buys a harmonica to say, 'I'm a bluesman. Give me some money,'" said Mississippi state Sen. Billy Hewes. "We want it to go to true artists."

BusinessWeek article
Mississippi Blues Commission

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