Welcome to the "official" website for the Mississippi John Hurt Foundation. This is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization devoted primarily to preserving the musical legacy of Mississippi John Hurt, a Country Blues musician from Avalon, Mississippi, whose work represents a profound contribution to American culture. Thank you for stopping by!


The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation was founded in 1999 by John Hurt's granddaughter, Mary Frances Hurt, and is mainly supported by generous donations as well as proceeds from the annual Mississippi John Hurt Music Festival and the operation of the Mississippi John Hurt Museum, both of which are on Foundation property in Avalon, Mississippi.

Through support from independent donors, the Foundation is able to provide musical and educational opportunities for disadvantaged youth, such as an after school program where participants learn about Blues music, learn to play an instrument, and perform at events like the Chicago Blues Festival.


Please consider donating to the Mississippi John Hurt Foundation through the PayPal Giving Fund or through PayPal.Me/MSJohnHurtFoundation. If you are a resident of the United States, donations are typically 100% tax-deductible - and donations of $500 or more can be made from 401K accounts without any tax consequences. The Foundation thanks you for your kindness and for taking this opportunity to personally contribute to the legacy of Mississippi John Hurt.


The Mississippi John Hurt Foundation is collaborating with the talented Draft film crew to produce a documentary film about the life and times of Mississippi John Hurt, Hurt - A Mississippi Inspiration. This film is unique in that it will tell the legendary musician's story from the perspective of a close family member, his granddaughter Mary Frances Hurt, and it will include truths that have never been released! Visit us here for updates on the film's progress and to learn how to view the documentary once it becomes available. Meanwhile, please enjoy this teaser, produced by Draft.

The complete Mississippi John Hurt 2021 Online Concert Series is now available for viewing on the Foundation's YouTube channel. The artists presented in this concert series were Jontavious Willis, the Piedmont Blūz Acoustic Duo, Andy Cohen, Hubby Jenkins, and Alan Lighty. Enjoy!
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