The Blues Foundation recommends that Affiliates in all countries produce a live, judged music competition to choose their act(s). Specifically, Affiliates in Canada and the United States are required to conduct an open, judged, live music competition and may not appoint an act in lieu of a live, judged event. The Blues Foundation will carefully review all acts submitted without a challenge taking place and reserves the right to deny any or all appointed acts. The Blues Foundation will stand as the final arbiter of any eligibility disputes. All contestants must register by the pre-determined deadline, in the format requested, before competing in the International Blues Challenge.