The Atlanta Blues Society is now taking applications for the 2021 Atlanta Blues Challenge. This competition will decide who will represent us in the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN which will takes place on Beale St in January. This year’s ABS competition will be as follows:
What: Atlanta Blues Challenge
Date:  Sunday, August 29, 2021
Time: 1pm-9pm@ 
Place: Madlife Stage & Studios
8722 Main St., Woodstock, GA 30188
Deadline for entry: 2300 (11pm), August 8, 2021

There are three categories for the challenge acts: Youth act, Solo/Duo act, and Band act. For the Youth act, all participants must be under the age of 21. While the Youth act is a competition at the Atlanta Challenge, they will not be in competition at the IBC in Memphis, but instead will be in a Youth Showcase which takes place on Friday evening of IBC week. The winning Youth act will need to take off at least one day from school, and possibly two, to allow for travel time to Memphis. The Solo/Duo and Band act winners of the Atlanta Blues Challenge must be able to be in Memphis for the entire week of the IBC in order to compete in the various stages of the IBC competition (Quarter finals, Semi Finals, and Finals).  This year’s Memphis IBC will be January 18-22, 2022. 
Fees for the Challenge are as follows:
• Youth Act – $60 ($40 for Sponsorship + $20 entry fee)
• Solo/Duo Act – $70 ($50 for Sponsorship + $20 entry fee)
• Band Act – $75 ($50 for Sponsorship + $25 entry fee)

Prize money for each winning act is as follows:
• Band – $750
• Solo/Duo – $400
• Youth – $300
• People’s Choice – $250
Winner of the People’s Choice act will be determined by voting of the paying patrons at the event. All prize winners will be invited to play at the Atlanta Blues Society’s Holiday party in December, where the prize money will be awarded along with any tips raised at the party. Winning acts are encouraged to have at least one other fundraising show. In addition to the prize money, the Atlanta Blues Society has made arrangements with our sponsor, Midnight Circus Productions, to provide studio time to record a Master recording that can be used to produce CDs (cost of replication not included) which can be sold before, during and after the Memphis event. Midnight Circus has also graciously agreed to provide a high quality video of your Challenge performance w/ soundboard audio. 
To apply for the Challenge please contact George Klein at
He will send you the entry forms and payment information.  All entrants who have paid by the deadline will be in consideration to compete. Because of time limitations we can only have 12 acts total. However; in the event that we have to limit the number of acts, any act not chosen to compete will be refunded their entry fee.