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IBC Rules Update

An update was sent out to Blues Foundation Affiliates on Friday, May 19, 2017. It amended the IBC rule changes that were announced in and April 7 message. Joe Whitmer provided the following information:
"This is a follow up to my message of April 7, 2017 concerning the New Affiliate Guidelines. The underlying intent is to prevent both acts and affiliates from shopping around; however feedback has shown that situations exist that make it overly complicated to impose the geographic restrictions as recently issued. Therefore, the foundation is removing the requirement to enter the home challenge first and allowing acts to enter challenges within the 250 mile radius provided the affiliates involved are in agreement."

  Local societies are bound by these rules in order to meet their affiliation requirements and gain permission to send acts to the annual IBC.  Please read the original release of the Blues Foundation affiliate rules document HERE. Feel free to contact either the Blues Foundation or your local affiliate for more information. Ozark Blues Society leadership my be contacted by emailing Bill Baird

Ozark Blues Society
of Northwest Arkansas
Congratulates Our
2017 IBC Competitors

Though our 2017 sponsored acts did not bring home the top prizes in the 2017 International Blues Challenge, they are winners all! We want to thank these wonderful musicians as well as our the sponsors and blues fans who made the 2017 road to Memphis a success.

Jackie B and Me
Sister Lucille Band

E-Flat Porch Band





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About the Ozark Blues Society of Northwest Arkansas

                  Keeping the Blues Alive
                      in the Natural State

The Ozark Blues Society was formed in May 2001 and incorporated as the Ozark Blues Society of NW Arkansas, Inc., a non-profit organization, on 1/15/2002.  The Society was approved as a 501(c)(3) public charity on 5/6/2002.  The Ozark Blues Society is staffed entirely by dedicated volunteers.

Mission Statement

The purpose of the Ozark Blues Society is to foster the development in the community of an appreciation of all types of blues music by promoting and producing meetings, lectures, seminars, concerts, musical productions and entertainment involving the blues; to promote public knowledge of local, national, and international blues music; and to promote historical research into blues music in order to perpetuate the memory, spirit, and music of blues artists who have not received just popular recognition.


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July 21, 2017

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