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Keeping the Blues Alive

Each year, The Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues world. The Blues Foundation will present the 2016 KBA Awards during a recognition lunch Friday, January 29, 2016, at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Memphis, Tennessee. The KBA ceremony will be part of the International Blues Challenge (IBC) weekend of events.  The 2016 IBC weekend schedule will be posted on October 1, 2015.

Unlike the Blues Music Awards, the award recognizing the past year’s best in recordings and performance voted on by thousands of The Blues Foundation’s members, the KBAs are awarded to non-performers strictly on the basis of merit by a select panel of Blues professionals. Noted educator, author, journalist, and KBA Chairman Art Tipaldi notes “The KBA may be awarded for the recipient’s work in the past year but most often reflects a lifetime of work; we don’t view the recipient as the winner of a ‘best of the year’ category. Consistent with this philosophy, the committee generally refrains from awarding the KBA to an individual or organization more than once. Rather, we select a new deserving winner each year, except in rare cases when a significant period of time has elapsed since the first award.”

Affiliated organizations, past KBA recipients and members of The Blues Foundation’s Board of Directors are eligible to submit nominations. If you know a deserving person, seek out one of those who is authorized to nominate and help them make the submission.  Nominations are due no later than September 30, 2015.

The 2016 Keeping the Blues Alive Awards recipients are:
1. CHENANGO BLUES FEST
2. NOEL HAYES
3. ERIC SUHER
4. SHARON McCONNELL-DICKERSON
5. CENTRAL IOWA BLUES SOCIETY
6. FRED DELFORGE
7. TODD GLAZER
8. CAHORS BLUES FESTIVAL
9. YELLOW DOG RECORDS
10. ERIK LINDAHL
11. RADIO STATION KZUM
12. SCOTT CVELBAR
13. DARWIN’S BURGERS AND BLUES
14. ALAN GOVENAR
15. GREG JOHNSON

 

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