Best Self-Produced CD
Official Rules

For thirty-four years, The Blues Foundation has celebrated and recognized established blues artists through the Blues Music Awards. For twenty-nine years, The Blues Foundation has encouraged future blues performers through the International Blues Challenge.

Since 2005, The Blues Foundation has celebrated up and coming artists by bestowing an award for the “Best Self-Produced CD” of the year.  Where the IBC, through its panel of distinguished judges, has been the measure of excellence for a band’s live performance, the Best Self Produced CD award honors artists that have achieved excellence in the studio. Acts can be bands, solo acts, duo acts, trios, full choirs or any other combination. The purpose of this award is to assist Blues musicians in the pursuit of their professional goals.

This award complements the International Blues Challenge-the live music component of IBC Weekend. The Foundation believes this award further emphasizes the critical role of affiliated societies in the Blues world and provides another featured award for IBC weekend.


Entries for Best Self-Produced CD are permitted by affiliated blues societies only. You MUST have a current membership to the Topeka Blues Society (TBS) to be eligible to enter. TBS members, please submit 4 copies of your CD to the Topeka Blues Society for consideration NO LATER THAN October 1, 2016.  CD’s may be mailed to the TBS and must be post marked no later than 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Topeka Blues Society
PO Box 4963
Topeka, KS 66604

Or you may hand deliver your CD’s to the President of TBS, Suki Willison at Uncle Bo’s. Please submit 4 copies in an envelope stating – TBS BEST SELF PRODUCED CD COMPETITION.  All entries must be received by (if hand delivered), or postmarked (if mailed), NO LATER THAN OCTOBER 1, 2016. Per the rules, the CD must have been released between November 1, 2015 – October 31, 2016 time frame.

The official Blues Foundation rules are at: