(MEMPHIS, TN) – Only 3 more days to get the summer rate of $155 per submission. BMA submission fee goes up to $180 September 1st. All musicians are invited to submit their Blues recordings for consideration. Blues music released between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 is eligible for consideration for a 2019 Blues Music Award. The submission process officially closes on October 24, 2018. This year, The Blues Foundation has moved to a digital platform for recording submissions. Your complete album music must be uploaded as MP3 files that are 320 Kbps (kilobytes per second) with album artwork uploaded as either JPEG or PDF files. We will no longer accept hard copy CDs for the purposes of BMA submission review. If you need assistance with uploading your music, contact Joe Whitmer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Special thanks to the Big Blues Bender for hosting their annual BENDER PARTY WITH HART, with all proceeds supporting the HART Fund. The 2018 Big Blues Bender will take place from September 6-9 in Las Vegas, NV with the BENDER PARTY WITH HART benefit opening the festival on September 5th.
President Barbara Newman says, “with October 1st just around the corner, we are gearing up for the International Blues Challenge, to be held from January 22 – 26, 2019. The entire Blues Foundation staff is moving into high gear to begin ticket sales, open hotel blocks, and have wonderful IBC merchandise ready for you to purchase. And behind the scenes we are working on the full schedule of events in addition to coordinating the challenge stages on Beale Street. Watch for more information to come, and plan on visiting blues.org on October 1st to purchase your passes, find out about hotel deals, and to check out our ever-growing schedule.”