Blues Kids Foundation in partnership with Delta Arts Center and Winston-Salem State University presents

Fernando Jones’ 12th Annual Blues Camp International Tour

Sunday, August 1 to Friday, August 6, 2021 | 9:00A to Noon (Monday to Friday)

Audition Deadline: July 29, 2021

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Blues Camp Zoom Orientation: Meeting ID: 861 0850 4624

+ Extra curricular performances TBD

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Contact us on how your Blues Kid can attend: Info@BluesKids.com

(779) Blues-Me • (779) 258-3763 or (336) 722-2625 

Audition link: BluesKids.com/EarlyBird

Delta Arts Center and Winston-Salem State University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina in collaboration with Blues Kids Foundation are proud to be on the cutting edge of Blues andragogy and pedagogy in presenting Fernando Jones' Blues Camp International this Summer . While respecting science during the COVID-19 pandemic, we will have an interactive remote and/or an in-person Blues Camp (contingent upon the World Health Organization’s data). Local, national and international student musicians ages 12 to 18 can audition for placement between now and July 29, 2021. Placement is for beginner, intermediate and advanced level vocalists and instrumentalist.


We are not looking for the best "Blues Kid" players in the world. We are looking for the Blues Kid who wants to be in this program. However, they must audition with one of the songs below, first, not one of their choosing. Then we will do our best to place them by their skillset according to our Blues Camp ensemble instrumentation need(s) and position availability. Here are the Kennedy Center ArtsEdge Standards we useThanks for making us your charity of choice.


We will be following the recommended guidelines and protocols  to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.

We will follow the 3 Ws:

Wear a mask

Wait 6 feet apart

Wash hands

If we find that a Blues Kid in Blues Camp has been exposed to the virus or is experiencing symptoms; we will immediately remove the camper from the camp and ask that camper to quarantine.  The camper's parent or guardian will be notified of the need to arrange pick up of their child or provide travel assistance for their child.  We will also clean and sanitize the rehearsal spaces on a daily basis.

We encourage all Blues Kids to be safe. Please show proof of vaccination or proof of a negative test result and submit it to us 72 hours before attending Blues Camp.


The Blues Kids Foundation is an IRS recognized 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization. We were established to preserve, perform and promote the Blues among America's youth, parents and educators under the tutelage of highly qualified instructors. Our focus is on education, literacy, social emotional learning and music as a second language. 

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(336) 722-2625 


About the Founder

Internationally known Bluesman Fernando Jones founded Blues Camp, an international program, and established it Monday, July 5, 2010 on the campus of Columbia College Chicago where he is on faculty as founding Blues Ensemble director in the Music Department. on July 4th, the day before, there was a kick-off celebration on the site of the old Chess Records at 2120 S. Michigan Avenue. Jones said, "It has been a dream since childhood to have a centrally located place where children could come and play the Blues in a user friendly, nurturing environment on a college or performing arts campus." 

Mr. Jones is also a songwriter and scholar. Born to loving Mississippi parents on the South Side of Chicago, Jones was inspired by his older brothers, Foree, Marvin and Gregory to play music; that inspiration led him to teaching himself how to play guitar when he was just four years old.

He is a highly sought-after lecturer focusing on music pedagogy and literacy improvement whose clientele has included the Smithsonian Institute and the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Buddy Guy said that Fernando Jones is “one in a million trying to get to the bottom of the barrel of the Blues.” The incomparable Fernando Jones is a 21st Century Renaissance man and the 2008 Keeping the Blues Alive Award recipient and a Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Inductee to name but two of his professional acknowledgements.

Photo by Glenn Kaupert