Over the more than 20 years since its founding, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation (aka Archie’s Barbershop) has built a unique community that is known by blues lovers the world over. We look with pride at our achievements: the weekly Saturday jams which bring together new and experienced acoustic blues players, concerts by renowned blues artists, instrument and vocal workshops to help musicians hone their skills, monthly open mics where both professional and budding performers get a chance to share their talents, Barbershop ensemble performances that bring acoustic blues to a wider audience, and the blues museum/archives which help tell the story of Archie Edwards and traditional blues in the Washington region. We are proud that our work has been recognized with national and local honors.
The Foundation operates on a shoestring budget funded primarily through donations and the invaluable help of volunteers who give their time and skills to keep the organization going. More than 70 percent of our funding comes from donations.
The rest of our funding comes from CD sales, concerts, workshops, appearance fees, and the occasional grant. Most of our budget is used for rent, utilities, and insurance. We have no employees and our directors are unpaid volunteers. (Recent annual reports show revenue and expenses in detail and may be viewed from the links on the Our Story page.)
We hope you will consider making a donation to help ensure our work can continue and expand. The Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation is a tax-exempt 503 (c) organization, so your contribution is fully tax deductible.
There are a few ways you can make a donation. You can give cash or check at a jam, workshop, or concert at the Barbershop. You can mail a check to AEBHF, P.O. Box 10124, Washington, D.C. 20018. Or you can make a donation through PayPal or a credit card using the link below. Thank you for your contribution.