The Central Delaware Blues Society holds an IBC Competition annually during October. The winning band wins (at least) $1500.00 to be used toward their trip to Memphis in January. The winning band MUST go to the IBC in Memphis to receive the award for winning. Scroll down this page for more information and to download the official CDBS entry form.
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 Memphis, TN 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.
Central Delaware Blues Society submits one Self-Produced CD to the Blues Foundation for judging annually. To inquirer about submitting a CD please use "Contact Us" page or email BWPugh@Comcast.Net.
The Blues Foundation established an award for 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 and to recognize excellence in independent Blues recordings.
Download, print and fill out the Central Delaware Blues Society IBC from the download link above with the bands representative signature at the bottom. (Please print clearly).
To be eligible, you’ll need to send all of the following:
Failure to send all of the require items may forfeit eligibility. Sample tunes are required in order to qualify.
Materials sent to CDBS will only be returned if a self-addressed stamped envelope is provided. Please mail everything in one package and mail it to the address below by the deadline.
Central Delaware Blues Society 147 Dodge Dr. Smyrna, DE 19977
The undersigned hereby attests that he/she is 18 years of age or older; and is the responsible spokesperson for the individual(s) listed elsewhere on this form and identified below by real or stage name, and herein referred to as The Act.
The winner is obligated to attend the IBC competition event in Memphis.
For complete International Blues Challenge rules, scoring, and other information visit http://www.blues.org/ibc/
The following scoring criteria reflect in large part the Blues Foundation recommendations as they apply to the International Blues Challenge. Categories include Talent, Blues Content, Stage Presence and Originality.
Each band will have thirty (30) minutes to perform their selections. To assist The Act in their timekeeping a timecard will be held up at the 5, 3 and 1 minute marks. There is a 15-minute changeover period between sets. (The oncoming band has ten minutes to set up and the outgoing band has five minutes to tear down.) If a band exceeds the 30-minute performance time or the 15-minute changeover a penalty may apply. (See Penalty Points section).
To reflect the relative importance of each category in the success of a band, a band’s score in each category is weighted. Raw scores for Blues Content are multiplied by four. Talent is multiplied by three. And Originality and Stage Presence are multiplied by two. The total in each category represents the Weighted Score for that category. Total possible weighted score is 110 per judge. CDBS will not use the IBC ranking calculations. The band with the highest sum of Net Weighted Scores is the winner.
These items demonstrate professionalism and seriousness about the competition:
Equipment and Sets: