2017 Heart of Texas Blues Challenge Entry Form

The 2017 Heart of Texas Blues Challenge is here - this is your chance to represent Austin at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee!


Enter to compete in one of three categories:


  • Band (ENTRIES CLOSED AS OF 7/10/17!!)

  • Solo/duo

  • Youth


The challenge takes place over the course of several evenings, with preliminary and semi-final events leading into the final competition.


The Austin Blues Society sponsors the winners of the Heart of Texas Blues Challenge to travel to Memphis for the IBC competition in January by awarding cash prizes and by organizing fundraising benefits. An IBC appearance presents an exceptional opportunity to showcase your music to recording industry representatives, music festival organizers, talent scouts, and promoters.


The deadline to register your entry is midnight, July 14th, 2017. Important: There are a limited number of competition slots, so register early to make sure you can participate - do NOT wait until the last minute to enter! After the competition slots are filled, the entry phase of the contest will be closed.


At least you or one member of your band must be a current member of the Austin Blues Society to participate — join the Austin Blues Society by visiting here, or if you need to renew your membership, visit here.


The Heart of Texas Blues Challenge Rules and Regulations can be found here, or downloaded here – please read these rules before submitting your entry. The Blues Foundation website has additional information regarding rules and participation.


Submit your official entry to the Heart of Texas Blues Challenge by filling out the form below. After your entry has been reviewed, you will be contacted via email with a link to pay your entry fee online (PayPal, Discover, Mastercard, Visa and American Express accepted). If you prefer to download an entry form and submit a check payable to the Austin Blues Society for $50, you can download the entry form here.


Thank you for participating in our signature event – we can't wait to see your performance!