The Blues Foundation

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Sponsor of the 10th annual LA Music Awards

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…

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2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards Nominations Deadline September 30

As you know, each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world.
The KBAs are awarded strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. The KBA may be awarded for the recipient’s work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work. In other words, we don’t view the recipient as…

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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. …

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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.

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New Photos from the 36th Blues Music Awards

The 36th Blues Music Awards took place before a sell-out crowd of 1500 in Downtown Memphis Thursday night. The evening began at a 5:30 reception with nominees Austin Walkin’ Cane and Annika Chambers performing and it ended after midnight. During the course of the evening, 24 Blues Music Award winners were announced and the show featured 20 ten-minute sets, including one by Blues Hall of Famers John Hammond and Charlie Musselwhite, as well as Keb’…

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