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Monterey International Blues Festival


To preserve, educate, and present an internationally involved effort to perpetuate the great American art form of the Blues

The Big Idea

Monterey International Blues Festival aims to produce an outstanding blues music festival each year, and to continue building a youth program by engaging a select group of diverse kids and walking them through all they need to know and do to perform on the Blues Festival’s youth education stage. The nonprofit provides individual instrument lessons illustrating the characteristic form and sound of the blues, and lessons about the history and evolution of the blues and on the “business” of music. They work with the kids on recording performances for YouTube and other internet exposure, and prepare them to perform.

My hometown festival is everything to me, and should be important to every music lover in the area. The blues is America’s legacy to the world, so let’s do our part, folks, and make our hometown proud, supporting the Monterey International Blues Festival this and every year from now on.

- Stu Heydon

We’re In This Together.

Nonprofits are more important that ever in this trying time. Monterey County Gives! was created to support the local nonprofit community's Big Ideas (and programs). And thanks to your participation and generosity, Monterey County Gives! raised over $5.3 million for 163 local nonprofits in 2019.

MCGives! has now raised and contributed over $27 million dollars since its inception ten years ago. That’s astounding. And wonderful.

Look for the 2020 Monterey County Gives! RFP (for applying nonprofits) in the Monterey County Weekly this June/July. Monterey County Gives! 2020 campaign kicks off in early November.

Thank you to all our Partners, Sponsors, nonprofit Board Directors, staff and volunteers — and each of our 4,902 donors. We did it, together.