The Lead Belly Foundation is a non profit organization founded by Tiny Robinson, niece of Huddie Ledbetter to preserve and promote the musical legacy of the “King of the
12-string guitar’.

 Our Mission
The mission of the Lead Belly foundation is to preserve and promote the historical legacy of Huddie Ledbetter to the world and support young musicians through educational programs and sponsorship.


 Our Vision
We are committed to educate and promote the creative life of Huddie Ledbeter through museum exhibitions, maintaining the Lead belly archives, sponsoring music education to children and young adults, and showcasing public programs to national and global audiences. 

 Foundation Values
Excellence in education
Support school programs

Volunteer service to meet
 needs for students

Accountability for results
Preserve musical heritage

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To assure support and long term access to Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter’s music collections, and other shared memories.

To sponsor music workshops, music institutes, summer camps and concerts in which the music of Lead Belly, his contemporaries, and successors will be performing to continue to teach and influence Lead Belly’s style in blues and folk music.

Continual enhancement and maintenance of Lead Belly’s grave in Mooringsport, Louisiana which has been a national shrine for music lovers both in the United States and abroad.

To provide music scholarships to individual school-age students who desire to study a musical instrument for the purpose of enriching their lives academically, recreationally and socially.

We will provide continual support to students who aspire to further their musical talents by attending college and create mentor relationships for them to enter into the career world successfully.

To provide support to school music programs in order to enhance academic success, and increase the understanding and enjoyment of music.

To establish a museum to exhibit Lead Belly archives and memorbilia to further expose the many facets of Huddie Ledbetter.




Famous Quotes

Alex Haley, author of “Roots” says
“Lead Belly is kind of the Mount Everest of Blues Singer.”

Paul Robeson wrote
“Our American Negro folk songs spran directly out of our lives-our working lives- like John Henry ballards and countless others so superbly sung by Lead Belly.”

Bob Dylan has admitted
"A debt to Lead Belly”

Janis Joplin said

‘It was Lead Belly first”

Keith Richards (Rolling Stone) tries to
“Keep rolling, to grow up the art of rock n’ roll, to age with the weather-beaten diginity of his mentors, the great, hard living bluesmen like Lead Belly.”

Roy Orbinson saw himself as an
“allround singer like Lead Belly who sang all kinds of material.”

Van Morrison said
” Lead Belly was not an influence, he was the influence. If it wasn’t for him, I may never have been here. I don’t think he’s really dead. A lot of people’s bodies die but I don’t think their spirits die with them.”

Kurt Cobain
”idolizes blues legend, Huddie Ledbetter

Josh White in recalling Lead Belly,
”Had enormous respect for the gaint of folk song.”

Alan Lomax wrote that Lead Belly
”Sang the blues wonderfully,but he was much bigger than that. He encompassed the whole black era, from square dance calls to the blues of the 30’s and 40’s”

Robert Plant says
“He was one of the main movers when I was a kid.”

Oscar Brand says
“There are very few people left alive who knew Lead Belly as a person. Like Woody, he was an icon. But I can’t help but think of him as a friend.”

Odetta says
“Lead Belly’s music still strikes a chord today, because it addresses our human condition.”


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