International Blues Challenge (IBC)

2014 BSCP IBC EVENT ANNOUNCEMENT

After taking a 2013 hiatus from hosting an IBC competition to select a Band and a Solo/Duo act to represent the BSCP in the Blues Foundations annual event in Memphis, TN, the BSCP Board of Directors has voted to once again host our regional IBC competition on Saturday, September 20, 2014. Our IBC event will be held at Champions Sports Bar, 300 N. Second St.  Highspire, PA. The exact starting time for this event has not been determined but it will be an afternoon into evening competition.

The BSCP Board of Directors wishes to only accept applications from blues acts which are based within a 100 mile radius of Harrisburg, PA. We will begin accepting applications on June 1, 2014 with a final deadline submission date on July 31, 2014. The BSCP IBC Committee has decided it will review our applications received and listen to the required accompanying recordings and will be limiting the total acts for our IBC event to 10 acts (5 bands – 5 solo/duos is our aim, but we can be flexible depending on our applications received).

There is no entry fee to apply to compete in this event but EVERY MEMBER OF EVERY ACT must be a current dues paid member of the BSCP before they may take the stage on Saturday September 20th. Yearly $10 BSCP Memberships will be on sale at Champions Sports Bar the day of the event. BSCP memberships run from 1/1 through 12/31.

The winning BSCP IBC Band and Solo/Duo act will be registered as representing the BSCP at the 2015 Blues Foundation IBC (1/20/15 – 1/24/15) in Memphis, TN and the BSCP will provide checks for $1,000 for the Band and $300 for the Solo/Duo act to use toward traveling expenses the week before their heading south. The winning Band and Solo/Duo act will also be expected to perform at the annual BSCP Christmas party and a $500 payment for the Band and a $150 payment for the Solo/Duo act for this gig will be added to the travel money checks mentioned above. $1500 total for Band ($450 total for Solo/Duo).

Here are 8 points that we’ve come up with to give you an idea of what our BSCP IBC Committee is looking for in applicants:

WHAT ARE WE LOOKING FOR IN OUR BSCP IBC CONTESTANTS :

1. WE ARE LOOKING FOR WORKING ACTS THAT ARE ASPIRING FOR AND GEARED TOWARD PRO/SEMI PRO CAREER ADVANCEMENT IF THE OPPORTUNITY ARISES.

2. WE ARE LOOKING FOR ACTS THAT CAN ABSOLUTELY MAKE THE COMMITMENT OF ALL PERSONNEL TO TRAVEL TO MEMPHIS, TN. FROM JANUARY 20 THROUGH JANUARY 24, 2015 AS OUR BLUES FOUNDATION IBC REPRESENTATIVES SHOULD OUR CONTEST’S PANEL OF JUDGES SELECT YOUR ACT AS OUR WINNER.

3. WE ARE EXPECTING THAT ACTS SUBMITTING APPLICATIONS TO COMPETE IN OUR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2014 BSCP IBC CONTEST WILL FOLLOW, TO THE LETTER, THE IBC ENTRY INFO AS WILL SOON BE DESCRIBED ON THE BSCP WEBSITE (www.bscpblues.org).

4. WE ARE HOPING TO HAVE A TOTAL OF 10 ACTS COMPETING IN OUR SATURDAY 9/20/2014 IBC CONTEST…ONE WINNER IN THE BAND CATEGORY AND ONE WINNER IN THE SOLO/DUO CATEGORY. THE FINAL SLATE OF CONTENDERS WILL BE DETERMINED BY THE BSCP IBC COMMITTEE DEPENDING UPON THE NUMBER OF ENTRIES RECEIVED TO US BY THE 7/31/2014 APPLICATION DEADLINE DATE.  IN THE EVENT THAT WE RECEIVE MORE ENTRY APPLICATIONS THAN WE HAVE SLOTS AVAILABLE IN OUR EVENT, THE BSCP IBC COMMITTEE WILL REVIEW THE ENTRIES, LISTEN TO THE SAMPLE RECORDINGS WE’VE RECEIVED AND NARROW THE FIELD ACCORDINGLY AT OUR DISCRETION. WE WILL NOTIFY EVERY APPLICANT WITH THE FINAL SLATE OF CONTENDERS BY AUGUST 15, 2014.

5. ALL PERSONNEL OF THE COMPETING ACTS MUST BE BSCP MEMBERS PRIOR TO TAKING THE STAGE ON THE DAY OF THE COMPETITION. BSCP MEMBERSHIPS ARE $10 EACH AND ARE VALID FROM 1 / 1 THROUGH 12 / 31 OF EACH CALENDAR YEAR. MEMBERSHIPS CAN BE BOUGHT IN ADVANCE AT ANY BSCP EVENT, BY MAIL PER THE INSTRUCTIONS ON THE BSCP WEBSITE, OR PURCHASED AT THE DOOR THE DAY OF THE COMPETITION. THERE IS NO ADDITIONAL ENTRY FEE TO COMPETE IN OUR EVENT, BUT EVERY COMPETITOR MUST BE A PAID BSCP MEMBER. THERE ARE NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS!

6. THE BSCP IBC WINNING BAND AND THE WINNING SOLO/DUO ACT WILL BE EXPECTED TO PERFORM AT THE BSCP ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY IN EARLY DECEMBER, 2014 (EXACT DATE NOT DETERMINED YET), WHICH IS A PAID GIG.

7. BLUES ACTS ENTERING THE BSCP IBC CONTEST SHOULD HAVE SET OF WELL REHEARSED MATERIAL (NOT EXCEEDING 20 MINUTES IN LENGTH) READY TO PERFORM ON 9/20/2014. WHILE “BORROWING” OTHER ARTIST’S SONGS ARE NOT UNCOMMON IN THE BLUES WORLD, I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERY ACT TO INCLUDE A MAJORITY OF ORIGINAL MATERIAL. WE ARE NOT LOOKING FOR STRICTLY COVER ACTS. ANY COVER TUNES CHOSEN BY YOU TO PERFORM SHOULD DEFINITELY HAVE YOUR ACT’S UNIQUE INTERPRETATION AND NOT MERELY BE A CLONE OF THE ORIGINAL ARTISTS.

8. THE BSCP BOARD OF DIRECTORS HAS DECIDED TO ONLY ACCEPT ENTRY APPLICATIONS FROM ACTS BASED WITHIN A 100 MILE RADIUS OF HARRISBURG, PA.

ANY QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS CAN BE REFERRED TO BSCP IBC CHAIR GREG HOGG:

BY EMAIL:                    g-man1952@comcast.net

BY PHONE:                  717-768-8317

BY MAIL:                     Gregory Hogg, 3152 Irishtown Rd., Apt. C, Gordonville, PA 17529

Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania International Blues Competition Regional Application

Application Deadline: Must be received by July 31, 2014.

Applying acts must be based within a 100 mile radius of Harrisburg, PA.

Name of Act:  __________________________________________________________________________________________

Competition (circle one): Band, Solo/Duo, Self-Produced CD

Contact Person:  ________________________________________________________________________________________

Mailing Address:  _______________________________________________________________________________________

Web Site URL:  ________________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Email address:  ___________________________________________________________________________________

Contact Phone #:  _______________________________________________________________________________________

List all act members who will compete in competition:

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Name and Age for anyone under 21 on 9/16/2012 (BSCP may be required to inform club owners of minors on the premises. Parent or legal guardians may be required to be in attendance; other restrictions may apply):

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Instrument, Vocals, Special Gear Requests:

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I have read and agree to the IBC’s and Blues Society of Central Pennsylvania’s rules and regulations, and to represent the BSCP in Memphis with the same lineup that performs in the regional competition, should we win.

Signature Name on behalf of Band:  ______________________________________________________________________________________

Printed Name:  __________________________________________________________________________      Date:   ___________________

We also require that each band submit a demo CD (does not have to be production quality) with at least four songs, at least one of them an original. This may be mailed to the address below. Applications will not be considered until we have received the CD. Alternatively, we will accept full song downloads from an Internet site.

Please mail or email completed application, along with the group bio, photo, and CD to Gregory W. Hogg, BSCP IBC Committee Chair, 3152 Irishtown Rd., Apt. C, Gordonville, PA 17529.