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CBMA's Road to Memphis Blues Challenge

Rules and Regulations

Calgary Blues Music Association (CBMA) will be hosting its local Road to Memphis Blues Challenge to select Southern Alberta's best blues acts. Qualifying rounds will take place in October 2015, with the final round November 2015.

Acts will play one 25 minute set for qualifying rounds. The winning acts will attend the Blues Foundation's 32nd annual International Blues Challenge (IBC), to be held January 26-30, 2016 in Memphis, Tennessee.

Deadline For Entries

Friday, September 18, 2015 before 6:00PM (MST)


CBMA defines a Band as any act with three (3) or more musicians. Vocalists are considered as musicians. Solo/Duo acts are any act with one or two musicians. Vocalists are counted as musicians. Both electric and acoustic instruments are allowed.

Band members must be residents of Alberta, south of Red Deer and border to border, in 2015. All musicians must be 18 years of age or older, available for all qualifying and final rounds and must be able to travel to Memphis, TN, January 26-30, 2016. All songs presented must be Blues (acoustic/electric), Rock/Blues, Jazz/Blues, Country Blues or Rhythm & Blues.

Entry Form & Fees

download entry form here

$100.00 per band
$50.00 per solo/duo

Entry forms and payment MUST be received before 6:00PM, Friday, September 18, 2015.

International Blues Challenge
c/o Calgary Blues Music Association
#188, A6433 Bowness Road NW
Calgary, AB T3B 0E6

or email COMPLETE application here


Entrants will be evaluated using the same criteria and scoring system used in Memphis. Each band will have 25 minutes to perform in the First Qualifying Round. Points given are based on Blues Content, Vocals, Talent, Originality and Stage Presence. Scoring details can be viewed on Blues Foundation website,

CBMA will help defray costs and cannot guarantee that all expenses for Memphis will be covered.

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