THE LEAD BELLY FOUNDATION
“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.”
1927 – 2017
Tiny Robinson was the daughter of Mary Promise, whose twin sister, Martha, was Mrs. Huddie Ledbetter. Tiny graduated from High School in Shreveport in 1941; she then moved to New York City and lived in the apartment below Huddie and Martha. By the time Huddie died in December, 1949, Tiny had become his agent and business manager. After his death, she continued to promote his music and was responsible for keeping his achievements in the public view.
Alvin Singh II, or Alvin Singh, Sr. is the director of the Lead Belly Foundation, as well as the musician’s great nephew. His chief mission is the preservation of his great uncle’s legend, done so by sharing and documenting his experiences. A notable recent contribution to this end was his collaboration with the Smithsonian Folkways project, which brought to public attention the once virtually unknown story.
Alvin Singh, Jr. is a digital strategist manager at ARS Media Group, who has designed and developed mobile applications along with angel investing in technology start-ups. He is also a co-founder of the Lead Belly Foundation, and is the musician’s great great nephew.
Tanya R. Singh is the Executive Director of the Lead Belly Foundation, leading the philanthropic organization for the past ten years. Tanya runs the foundation in honor of her Great-Great Uncle, the Blues Legend, Huddie “Lead Belly” Ledbetter. The foundation was founded by her grandmother, Tiny “Queen” Robinson, to continue the musical legacy of Lead Belly. She has continued the legacy through speaking engagements and working in the blues community partnering with other musical acts and arts organizations.
“We are committed to educate and promote the creative life of Huddie Ledbetter 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.”
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