2019 Blues Music Award Submissions Open Now!

Submission for the 40th Blues Music Awards is now open.

All musicians are invited to submit their recordings for Blues Music Award consideration.

Any blues recording released between November 1, 2017 and October 31, 2018 is eligible for 2019 Blues Music Award consideration.

The submission process for Blues Music Award consideration begins with artists and record companies submitting entries. This year, The Blues Foundation will be moving 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, Joe Whitmer at joe@blues.org will be available to help you and walk you through the process.

The Blues Foundation enlists a group of approximately 100 blues nominators who work extensively in all areas of the blues industry. This includes individuals with blues expertise as producers, engineers, radio DJs, journalists, academics, club owners, promoters and others with a deep knowledge of blues music. The identity of the nominators is not made public in order to protect them from outside influences. Nominators must recuse themselves from any categories in which they have a conflict of interest.

The nominators work through two rounds in order to come up with between four and six final nominees in each category. During the first round, each nominator selects his or her three top nominees for each category. Each first selection is weighted by 3X, second selection is weighted by 2X, and third selection is weighted by 1X. The top 40% of nominees in each category move into Round 2. This information is not publicized.

The nominators then vote in a second round ballot and those artists and recordings receiving the most votes in each category become the final Nominees for Blues Music Awards. Final nominees will be announced in early January 2019.

Voting will open in late January and will officially close on March 1, 2019 at which point no additional ballots will be accepted. All Blues Foundation members in good standing, whose dues are current, will receive a final ballot during the voting period. Any member who renews his or her membership or joins as a new member during the voting period will also receive a ballot.

The Blues Music Awards will be held Thursday, May 9, 2019 in Memphis.

Submitted by LaDonna Sanders


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