Mission Statement

Joe Beasley Memorial Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization for
charitable, educational and artistic purposes. The specific purposes of
the organization are to support the growth and appreciation of Sacred
Harp music and shape-note singing and to raise money to assist those
involved in such music.


The organization has implemented several programs to achieve these
goals.


The first program is a Growth and Preservation Program of Sacred Harp
Music and Shape-Note Music. The goal of this program is to provide
assistance for struggling or new Sacred Harp / Shape-Note singing
groups and performances (singings). This program will provide financial
support as well as donate material resources that Sacred Harp/ Shape-
Note singings and singers would need to succeed such as housing,
transportation, food, books, music and singing master materials. Through
supporting new singings and singers or those in need of help, we hope to
promote the growth and preservation of Sacred Harp and shape-note
singing as an important form of American art and culture.


The second program is a Scholarship Program. This program is designed
to provide assistance with the financial needs of deserving students who
are involved in Sacred Harp music and Shape-Note Music. The program
will grant monetary scholarships and also offer assistance in other ways
to students who express an interest in furthering the growth of Sacred
Harp Music and Shape-Note Music. To receive such financial aid, the
students have to be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher
learning, be able to demonstrate financial need, and be committed to
preserving and expanding the tradition of Sacred Harp music and Shape-
Note Singing.