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And now, here are the winners…

The Blues Foundation’s 32nd Annual International Blues Challenge was a HUGE success. Thanks to all of our affiliates, members, volunteers, musicians and fans for being a part of 2016 IBC.
And now, here are the winners………
Best Self-Produced CD – Rob Lumbard, Blues in a Bottle, Central  Iowa Blues Society
Best Harmonica Player Award – InnerVision, Columbus Blues Alliance
Solo Guitar– Bing

Barbara Newman takes the helm!

“The Blues Foundation is very excited to welcome our new President and CEO, Barbara B. Newman” offers Board Chairman Paul E. Benjamin. “She will be a great leader who will help us move forward, taking The Blues Foundation to new heights. We all look forward to working together creating a great team.”
She was raised in the world of music, with many family members working in the music industry. Her introduction to the blues occurred when

The Blues Foundation Selects New President & CEO

Memphis, TN (August 19, 2015) Barbara B. Newman has been selected to succeed Jay Sieleman as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Blues Foundation, the Memphis-based, international music organization dedicated to preserving blues music history, celebrating recording and performance excellence, supporting blues education and ensuring the future of this unique art form. She will take the helm October 1.
Ms. Newman is a fourth-generation Memphian with deep ties to the city that annually hosts the

2016 IBC Lodging Information–Reserve Now!

Here is the list of downtown Memphis hotels with which we have negotiated room rates.

Tell them you want the International Blues Challenge, IBC or Blues Foundation block.
Some hotels have minimum and Saturday stay requirements and a non-refundable deposit.
Listed prices do not include sales and visitor taxes which are currently an additional 15.95%.
Some have breakfast and other amenities that may be included in the price.
Rates apply until stated deadline or until rooms are sold out.

Calling all Blues Artists & Labels: 2016 Blues Music Award Nomination Process Now Open

The submission process is now open for artists and labels to register their releases for consideration for the 37th Blues Music Awards in 2016. The nomination process is set out at Artists and labels can register at The sooner you do this, the more time a nominator has to listen to your release.

DL Duncan

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