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SECOND STORY BLUES ALLIANCE

INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE

COMPETITION 2016

 

ATTENTION… BLUES BANDS (Youth & Open Age) and SINGLE/DUO BLUES ACTS…

 

This year the Second Story Blues Alliance will be holding their FOURTH annual, Blues Foundation sanctioned, IBC Competition.  The winner in each category must be able to travel to Memphis, Tennessee to compete in the 33rd International Blues Challenge, which is held in the venues of Beale Street, January 31st – February 4th, 2017.  

 

RULES:

 

  • All Acts that wish to compete MUST be UNSIGNED Artists.

     

  • All competitors must be members in good standing with the Second Story Blues Alliance…

     

    • Individual Memberships – (Single/Duo Acts) $20.00
    • Band Memberships (including Youth Bands) $35.00

       

      ** Memberships may be purchased on-line at www.2sba.org

       

  • Applications Must Be Submitted no later than Sunday May 31st, 2016

     

    • Application consists of the following:
      • Act Bio
      • Act Photo
      • Venues your Act has performed over the past 24 months
      • CD or Demo CD of your Act’s music
      • Act Website Address

         

        ** All Acts considering competing in the IBC Competition MUST be able to travel to Memphis in January/February of 2017 to Compete in the 33rd International Blues Challenge should they win their respective categories **

         

        In addition to Acts competing “LIVE”, Acts may also submit your “Self-Produced” CD as part of this competition… CD’s will be judged by a panel of Blues Industry Professionals who will select the BEST Self-Produced Blues CD of 2016 from all submissions received…

         

  • Submissions for Best Self-Produced CD – Please Send 2 Additional CD’s to be distributed to the panel of judges for review…
  • For CD Submissions to be eligible they must have been recorded between November 1st, 2015 and October 31st, 2016.
  • Submissions for Best Self-Produced CD MUST be received by September 15th 2016.

 

** The Second Story Blues Alliance reserves the right to modify or extend all submission dates if necessary **

 

** The Second Story Blues Alliance reserves the right to make exceptions and determine competitors for the competition… An independent panel of Blues Industry Representatives will conduct judging for the competition.  Second Story Blues Alliance members and/or board members are ineligible to judge competing acts **

 

** In the event that a selected Act is unable to compete in our local competitions, The Second Story Blues Alliance reserves the right to invite a replacement Act or limit the number of Acts competing in each category **

 

** A $750.00 Sponsorship from the Second Story Blues Alliance will be awarded to the Winner of the “Best Blues Band” Open Category **

 

** A $250.00 Sponsorship from the Second Story Blues Alliance will be awarded to the winner of the “Best Blues Solo/Duo Act” Category **

 

** A $500.00 Sponsorship from the Second Story Blues Alliance will be awarded to the Winner of the “Best Blues Band” Youth Category **

 

 

** ALL SPONSORSHIP MONEY WILL BE PAID TO ACTS UPON RETURN FROM MEMPHIS AND THE 33rd INTERNATIONAL BLUES CHALLENGE **

 

** Registration for the 33rd International Blues Challenge in Memphis Tennessee is the responsibility of the winning Acts for each Category and NOT the responsibility of the Second Story Blues Alliance **  

 

 

2016 COMPETITION DATES:

 

  • 2SBA IBC CHALLENGE – SUNDAY JUNE 12, 2016

     

    • WILL BE HELD AT JETPORT BAR & LOUNGE, FROM 2:00 PM UNTIL 5:00 PM ON SUNDAY AS A PRELUDE TO THE BC COMBO JETPORT BLUES JAM

 

2SBA IBC CHALLENGE

JETPORT BAR & LOUNGE

3400 AIRPORT ROAD

ALLENTOWN, PA.

 

 

** SEND SUBMISSIONS TO:

 

2SBA – IBC COMPETITION

2723 NEW SMITHVILLE ROAD

KUTZTOWN, PA. 19530

 

 

**QUESTIONS CONCERNING THE COMPETITION MAY BE DIRECTED TO**

bdbblues@yahoo.com OR Brian@friarspointband.com

 

The IBC has evolved into the nation's biggest and most respected showcase for Blues musicians ready to take their act to the national stage. The IBC is a judged "Battle of the Bands" in which competitors take the stage and play a short set for a panel of judges. The acts are judged based on an established set of criteria.
The IBC represents an international search by The Blues Foundation and its Affiliated Organizations (mostly blues societies) for the Blues Band and Solo/Duo Blues Act ready to perform on a national stage, but just need that extra break. Each Affiliate of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo act to represent the organization at the IBC Semi-Finals on Beale Street in Memphis, TN.
Congratulations to our 2015 winners:
April Mae & The June Bugs with Mike Mettalia in the Open Band category