Each year, since 2005, the Blues Foundation holds a competition for the best Self-Produced CD, in conjunction with the International Blues Challenge in January. The Blues Foundation is looking for high quality blues recordings from “up and coming” artists that might not otherwise reach the International Blues market.

The Atlanta Blues Society, as an affiliate member, is allowed to enter one CD into this competition. You must be a member of the ABS to submit a CD. The CD must have been released between November 1, 2021, and October 31, 2022. We will need to get 4 un-opened CDs from you either by mail or hand delivered to a Board Member.

The Board will review all CDs and determine which CD we will submit to the Blues Foundation. CDs submitted will be evaluated using Blues Foundation criteria. The Blues Foundation criteria considered are listed in order of importance: 1. Blues Content; 2. Musical Performance; 3. Audio Quality and Production Value; 4. Professionalism and Visual Appearance of Cover Art and Design; and 5. Credits and Liner Notes.

Entries must be received by us or postmarked by October 1, 2022. Please read the official rules posted on the Blues Foundation website at https://blues.org/self-produced-cd-award — especially the rules about previously nominated for Blues Music Award criteria.

If you would like to submit an entry, please notify us immediately at theatlantabluessociety@gmail.com so we can determine if the CD is indeed eligible for submission and arrange to get the CDs from you.