Every year, Blues Societies
from around the world hold
competitions to select
blues groups, solos,
and duos to the International
Blues Challenge in Memphis.
From the IBC website:
"The International Blues Challenge
represents the worldwide search
for those Blues Bands and Solo/Duo
Blues Acts ready to perform on the
international stage, yet just needing
that extra big break. Each Affiliate of
The Blues Foundation has the
right to send a band and a solo/duo
act to represent its organization
at the IBC.
The IBC is judged by blues
professionals from across the
world who have years of experience
in listening to, producing, and
creating blues music.
The Blues Foundation has
established a set of criteria
by which all acts are evaluated
throughout the five days of the IBC.
Affiliated organizations are required
to stage a regional preliminary
IBC competition, with the
winner of that event
representing the organization in the
International Blues Challenge
held annually in
along historic Beale Street.
While Affilated Organizations
are encouraged to follow
The Blues Foundation’s
structure and rules during
their local challenges,
each organization is free to
structure its preliminary
rounds as it sees fit, as long as
a true challenge between
multiple acts takes place resulting
in a single band and or
solo/duo act being identified."
Please send completed
registration forms to: