Annual MBAS Blues Challenge
"Blues Performer of The Year" Solo/Duo & Band Categories
TWO CATEGORY WINNERS IN 2023 TO GO TO MEMPHIS IN 2024!
The MBAS Blues Challenge is BACK for 2023! The Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society will be hosting its "MBAS Blues Challenge" in Melbourne in July, August and September, to find the best possible Victorian Blues BAND and Blues SOLO/DUO artists to represent the MBAS and Melbourne at the annual International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis TN, USA. Two MBAS Blues Challenge winners (SOLO/DUO and BAND categories) will be sent to represent Melbourne and the MBAS at the next IBC in Memphis from 16th - 20th January 2024.
The prize for the Melbourne Blues Challenge winners includes MBAS-funded ACCOMMODATION and RETURN INTERNATIONAL FLIGHTS for the two top-scoring acts to travel and represent each competition category at the IBC in Memphis. The IBC draws representative entries from Blues Societies all over the world and throughout the USA.
MBAS Blues Challenge is open to any SOLO/DUO or BAND Blues act meeting the eligibility criteria below:
To determine who goes to Memphis to compete at the IBC, Victorian Blues entrants for both SOLO/DUO and BAND categories at the MBAS Blues Challenge compete live in Melbourne in separate Heats to determine a Final lineup. The Heats and Final are scored by independent judges, using the international scoring system devised by the IBC. The highest scoring Blues artist in each SOLO/DUO and BAND category Final are referred to as the "MBAS SOLO/DUO Blues Performer of the Year" and the "MBAS BAND Blues Performer of the Year". Both those top-scoring winning acts from the Final are sent to Memphis by the MBAS to represent and compete at the IBC.
Both winning acts are guaranteed to receive return international airfares, accommodation and an extra $1,000 spending money (for the BAND winner, courtesy of PBS FM) to travel to Memphis USA and compete at the IBC, held in January 2024.
The MBAS also assists both the SOLO/DUO and BAND winning acts by hosting separate major fundraisers to help cover extra travel costs.
Entry for the 2023 MBAS Blues Challenge is now open for both SOLO/DUO and BAND categories.
NOTE the following MBAS BLUES CHALLENGE performance dates for each category:
• SOLO/DUO HEATS: Tuesday 11th & Wed 12th JULY 7pm
Performances for each act are strictly a 20 minute set for the Heats, and a 25 minute set for the Final.
Entries for both SOLO/DUO and BAND applicants must be received by 9pm Tuesday 27th June 2023.
The '2023 MBAS Blues Challenge' eligibility, Rules/Conditions and Entry Forms can be viewed and printed from the PDF downloads below:
The MBAS is proud to be recognised as the most successful international Blues Society represented at the prestigious IBC event in Memphis, having produced several winners and runners-up at this international Blues competition over the years:
MBAS Blues Challenge Winners representing at the IBC in Memphis: