International Blues Competition

The Kansas City Blues Society is proud to announce that we will sponsor a self-produced CD for competition in the 2016 International Blues Challenge. The following rules have been established for submittal:

The Board of Directors will select 3 independent judges with outstanding music credentials to select the CD to be submitted. THERE WILL BE NO COMPETITION FOR THIS SPONSORSHIP. Judging shall be in accordance with International Blues Challenge Rules.

Submittals must be received by the Kansas City Blues Society NO LATER THAN AUGUST 17, 2015. FOUR (4) COPIES OF THE CD MUST BE SUBMITTED. Include a letter stating that you are submitting the CD’s for the International Blues Challenge. Winners will be announced on September 12, 2015 at the finals of the Band, Solo/Duo competition. The winner shall submit an additional four (4) copies of the CD for submittal to the International Blues Challenge. CD’s and all information shall be sent to:

Kansas City Blues Society

P.O. Box 32396

Kansas City, Mo. 64171

The CD must have been released during November 1, 2014 – October 31, 2015 time frame.

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 shall not be eligible.

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.

Recordings with established or “known” producers within the industry are eligible as long as the recording is on the artist’s independent label and NOT on an established blues label.

Singer, band, society or local producer may produce the actual CD as long as the performer is a singer, band or other individual entity.

Judging will be in three stages. There will be two rounds of judging by radio/print people leading to the final judging.

Judges will evaluate the following points. The criteria are in order of importance.

(1) Blues Content (is this a Blues Music recording)

(2) Musical Performance (Musicianship)

(2) Audio Quality of the Presentation (Production Values, Levels)

(3) Cover Art and Design (Professional Packaging, Ready for the rack at your favorite music outlet)

(4) Credits and Liner Information. (Informative, Professional)

We look forward to your submittal and best of luck!


Danny Powell, President

Kansas City Blues Society

Competition Rules

Forms To Download