The International Blues Challenge represents the worldwide search for those blues bands and solo/duo blues performers ready for the international stage, yet needing that extra big break. Each Affiliated Blues Society of The Blues Foundation has the right to send a band and solo/duo musician(s) to represent its organization at the IBC. Winning artists receive career-changing bookings and publicity to help propel their careers forward. Thousands of blues musicians, industry, and fans gather on Beale Street each year for the biggest blues competition in the world.

Online sales for the 2023 IBC Pass are now open!

The International Blues Challenge Pass - $100.00 (USD)

All passes purchased in the United States will be mailed to your address middle of January!

The IBC Pass grants general admission to:

  • Tuesday - Saturday Beale Street Competition and Showcase Venues
  • Youth Showcases held Friday on Beale Street
  • All daytime seminars and workshops 
  • IBC Finals at The Orpheum on Saturday, January 28, 2023

Also available:

  • Keeping The Blues Alive Awards Ceremony & Brunch - Friday January 27, 2023 at The DoubleTree Hotel - $60
  • IBC Finals Premium Seating Upgrade - $26

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