Enter Paramount Blues Challenge
DEADLINE TO ENTER IS FEBRUARY 28th, 2018!!!
Our annual Paramount Blues Challenge (PBC) will be held at the Leptano Banquet & Catering Hall located at the Country Inn & Suites in Port Washington, WI on Saturday April 7th, 2018.
This is the official entry form for bands that wish to participate for a chance to travel to Memphis in winter of 2019 to represent the Paramount Music Association (PMA) at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) hosted by the Blues Foundation.
A full application includes this form, a $20 non-refundable application fee, an EPK (or mailed CD) and an act photo, and 600 character bio. No application is considered complete until these items are given to the Paramount Music Association. Only WORKING BLUES ACTS will be considered. This means you promote yourself as a blues act, not an act that plays some blues. A minimum of 2 members must be Wisconsin residents (or 1 if solo/duo). If selected, all performing members of your band, as detailed below, must be present to perform at the PBC. If you are chosen as the PBC winner, the same performing members of your band, must also be available to perform at the IBC in Memphis. The PMA is not responsible for any associated costs, but will help with fundraising as it can.
All Memphis IBC expenses are the acts responsibility.
Winners are entitled to represent the Paramount Music Association at the International Blues Challenge (IBC) in Memphis, TN in 2019. A maximum of 10 acts will be selected to participate in the PBC by the Paramount Music Association. The (up to) 10 performing acts at the PBC will be rated by a panel of judges, with the winners selected to represent the PMA at the IBC in 2019. A brief meeting will be held on Monday, March 12th, 2018 at 6:30pm at the venue to select the order of the acts (solo/duo first) and answer any questions. If you can not have a representative from you act at this meeting, we will draw a time slot for you. In the event more than 10 acts register, the PMA reserves the right to change the format including hosting solo/duo – band competitions at a separate times/dates. In the event more than 8 bands and less than 4 solo/duos sign up, the PMA will increase the band competition as it sees fit.
The Paramount Music Association rule is no band may win two consecutive years, when you win the PBC, you can not compete the following year. This is different from the Blues foundation rule of 3 consecutive years.
NOTE: IBC rules will be followed as closely as possible for this challenge and can be found by visiting www.blues.org/ibc.