TREASURE COAST BLUES SOCIETY IS A 501C3
August 22, 2020
International Blues ChallengeAs many of you know, the Blues Foundation, in conjunction with the many local affiliate blues societies around the country and the world, produces the International Blues Challenge (IBC) each year. The main event occurs in Memphis in late January to early February, while the local competitions occur the prior year, generally in the fall to early winter. Due to COVID-19, the Blues Foundation has not decided how they will conduct the event in 2021 in Memphis; however, they have provided the local affiliates with guidelines on how to conduct a virtual event with video submissions. The following is directly from the Blues Foundation.
Expanded Rules for Affiliated Blues Society ChallengesThe Blues Foundation understands that, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, it might be difficult or even impossible to produce a live judged challenge. In response, we have created the following rules to guide affiliated blues societies in selecting their challengers for 2021. We are now assessing the options regarding the annual IBC in January and will update our community as those plans come to fruition.
The rules as they are currently written remain in effect for this coming year with an expanded opportunity to hold a virtual event should a live event be impossible due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Any Blues Foundation Affiliated Blues Society may still hold a live judged event in its community if it is allowed to do so under its local COVID-19 gathering rules and if it so chooses, in accordance with the current IBC rules applicable to live challenges. Individual blues societies may determine social distancing rules, requirements for masks, and other protections as needed and as required by its local COVID-19 gathering rules. Live challenges may also be held without audiences present or streamed to audiences by the affiliate. In this scenario, judging must happen live and in-person in the venue, and not over streamed content.
Should an Affiliated Blues Society be unable to hold a live judged event it may choose challengers via video submissions by the challengers, with the following protocols required:
The manner in which the local blues community is engaged in viewing and supporting each local challenge will be left to the leadership of each affiliated blues society. The Blues Foundation encourages continued use of this event to support fundraising, bring in sponsors, build membership, and expand awareness of the blues within each community.
The Board of Directors of the TCBS has decided to choose challengers via video submissions by the various bands in lieu of a live event. We are holding off on an announcement pending any additional decisions from the Blues Foundation. However, we should be providing specific instruction on the local IBC within the next few weeks. Stay in contact with our website and Facebook page for further information. Good luck.
Black Lives Matter An Editorial from the President of the Treasure Coast Blues Society
Some of you may look at this headline and think that this is political, and that there is no room in a blues society for politics. And I would agree with you that there is no room for politics in a blues society. But this is neither a typical political statement, nor politics as usual. As a blues society we are deeply immersed in the music and history of the blues, a history which traces the elements of the blues back to the African continent, the "cradle of the blues". Blues music further developed in the fields of the American south, a child of slavery and the Black diaspora, and the cities of America during Jim Crow. As aficionados of the music, heritage, and early musicians of the blues, we must recognize this history and the reality of 400 years of systemic racism in America. Further, as enthusiastic fans celebrating blues music and preserving blues heritage, I believe we should stand against all forms of racism and white supremacy, in our music, our politics, and our lives. The Blues Foundation's eloquent statement from their website sums it up perfectly:
The Blues is an African American art form, originally created as an artistic expression and response to the oppression, dehumanization, and hatred this population had to endure. The Blues Foundation stands with the musicians and members of our community past and present who speak truth through music. In sadness and outrage, The Blues Foundation pays homage to the memories of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all others whose lives were abruptly, unjustly, and hatefully ended. Each of these human beings was taken because of the individual and systemic racism that has pervaded the psyche of America for 400 years.We grieve with the families, and we will join the greater conversation for the eradication of racism in deference to the legacy of the Blues.
Treasure Coast Blues Society