Washington Blues Society
Washington Blues Society Local Competitions for
International Blues Challenge
Washington Blues Society Contacts:
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WASHINGTON BLUES SOCIETY
2024 International Blues Competition (IBC) Contest
Two Categories: Bands (Three Piece and Larger) and Solo/Duo Acts
DOWNLOAD CONTESTANT APPLICATION HERE :: https://wablues.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/Doc1.pdf
OR Find the Application on the Back Page of the MAY 2023 Blues Letter
Please complete this application if you want to compete in the Washington Blues Society (WBS) contest to send a band or
a solo/duo act to the IBC in Memphis in January 16-20, 2024. We are working with multiple blues societies across the state
to hold semi-finals to make it easier for blues acts to participate. We will hold semi-final competitions on Sunday, June 4th
in Snohomish (Venue TBA), on Sunday, June, 11th in Purdy (Venue TBA, on Sunday, June,18th, in Yakima, (Venue TBA),
on Sunday, June, 25th in Spokane, (Venue TBA), on Sunday, July, 9th in Seattle (Venue TBA). If we receive 10+ applicants
for any event, our Board may select applicants via lottery on May 31st. This form is an initial statement of interest, and not
binding. Judges will evaluate acts using the Blues Foundation score sheet (www.blues.org/ibc/scoring.php).
LOCATION (CIRCLE ONE)
Snohomish (6/4) CCR sport and Entertainment (CANCELED )
Sumner (6/11) Purdy’s Public House & Arcade, Address: 16202 64th St E, Sumner, WA 98390
Yakima (6/18) Seasons Performance Hall (Pending )
Spokane (6/25) Eagles club (Pending )
Seattle (7/9) Aurora Borealis
Band or Solo Duo (Circle One)
PARTICIPATION CRITERIA, FEES, AND DEADLINE: Contestants must be a blues act, pay the non-refundable
entry fee, reside in WA, OR, ID, MT, BC, or ALB, and at least one member must belong to (or join) the WBS upon
application. (Membership in the CBA, IEBS or Idaho/Montana based blues society will also meet blues society membership
requirement) Entry fees go into a fund for winning Band and Solo/Duo to help with expenses for travel to Memphis, but
we cannot guarantee an “all-expenses paid” trip. Band entry fee is $30; Solo/Duo entry fee is $15. Applications and entry
fees must be received no later than Wednesday, May 24th 2023 by a WBS Board member or at:
Washington Blues Society
ATTN: President, IBC Entry
PO Box 70604
Seattle, WA 98127
Each competition will follow the rules of the Blues Foundation. Each set will be limited to 25 minutes, and each competitor will be allowed one 15-minute set change. Any blues act that in resides in WA, OR, ID, MT, BC or ALB, may enter, and the act must include at least one who is a Blues Society member of an associated Greater Pacific Northwest Blues Society must be verified as part of the IBC entry. The contest entry application may be downloaded from www.wablues.org, or in the August edition of the WBS Bluesletter and must include the non-refundable entry fee, which pays for the backline and a PA system. Each winner will be required to perform at a minimum of two fundraisers in 2022 and one fundraiser in 2023 at no charge. Proceeds from these events and fees, will be deposited into a WBS fund to help defray expenses to get each winning act to and from Memphis, but we cannot guarantee an “all-expense paid” trip. Band entry fee is $30; solo duo entry fee is $15.
All proceeds will help with expenses for Memphis. The WBS will help winners in fundraising, but cannot guarantee that all expenses for Memphis will be covered. Judges will evaluate each act using the Blues Foundation scoring criteria (www.blues.org/ibc/scoring.php) and rules (www.blues.org/ibc/rules.php). Acts may not be affiliated the WBS Board upon application. IBC rules also prohibit any act from competing three consecutive years at the IBC (www.blues.org/ibc/rules.php).
Judges will evaluate each act using the Blues Foundation scoring criteria (www.blues.org/ibc/scoring.php) and rules (www.blues.orq/ibc/rules.php). Acts may not be affiliated with the WBS Board or act upon the application.
IBC rules also prohibit any act from competing three consecutive years at the IBC https://blues.org/international-blues-challenge/
The application is an initial statement of interest and not a binding agreement between the applicant and the WBS.
Make your plans to enter now!
Best Self-Produced CD Contest
The Best Self-Produced CD, given out at the International Blues Challenge, as part of our mission to celebrate blues recording and to ensure the future of this uniquely American art form.
Best Self-Produced Official Rules: https://blues.org/self-produced-cd-award/
Entries for the Best Self-Produced CD are permitted by Blues Foundation Affiliated Organizations only.
Each Affiliate is permitted one entry.
The CD entered may be recorded and performed by an act other than is entered in the current year’s International Blues Challenge.
Compilations are not eligible.
Only CDs released between November 1, 2022, and October 31, 2023, are eligible for consideration as The 2024 Best Self-Produced CD.
While the foundation encourages competition at the Affiliate level to determine the CD it will sponsor for Best Self-Produced CD, it does not require one. As an Affiliate, The Washington Blues Society conducts a competition to determine who it will sponsor, overseen by the executive board.
A performer who has previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition. A CD issued in the name of an otherwise eligible performer which also includes the contributions of a Blues Music Award nominee may be ineligible, depending on the extent of the contribution. Please contact The Blues Foundation directly to confirm eligibility.
A CD on a record label that has been previously nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Blues Award) shall not be eligible for this competition.
WBS Judging will take place in October. Judges will remain anonymous in order to protect them from outside influences and represent a cross-section of professionals from the blues radio and print industry. The final results will be announced at the finals of the International Blues Challenge on Saturday, of IBC week held at the historic Orpheum Theatre in Memphis, TN.
Judges will evaluate each submitted CD on the following characteristics. The criteria considered are listed in order of importance.
(1) Blues Content
(2) Musical Performance
(3) Audio Quality and Production Value of the Recording
(4) Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design
(5) Credits and Liner Note Information.
How to Submit:
submit 4 copies of the album by Sept 30, 2023
PO BOX 70604
Seattle WA 98127
official rules : https://blues.org/self-produced-cd-award/