MBAS Blues Challenge Blues Performer of The Year (Solo/Duo & Band)
Each year, the aim of the Melbourne Blues Appreciation Society's "MBAS Blues Challenge" is 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.
Blues entrants in both categories compete live in separate Heats to determine a Final lineup. The Heats and Final are scored by independent judges, using the scoring system devised by the IBC. The highest scoring Blues artist in each SOLO/DUO and BAND category Final are the "MBAS SOLO/DUO Blues Performer of the Year" and the "MBAS BAND Blues Performer of the Year".
Both winning acts are guaranteed to receive return international airfares, accommodation and $1,000 spending money (courtesy of PBS FM) to travel to Memphis USA and compete at the IBC, held each January.
The MBAS also assists both the SOLO/DUO and BAND winning acts by hosting separate major fundraisers to help cover extra travel costs.
Applications for the 2018 MBAS Blues Challenge (SOLO/DUO and BAND categories) will be announced and advertised mid 2018.
For general reference, the prior 2017 'MBAS Blues Challenge 2017 Band Rules & Conditions' PDF form can be viewed in the download below: