Any blues recording released between November 1, 2015 and October 31, 2016 is eligible for 2017 Blues Music Award consideration
The process begins with artists and record companies submitting entries via one of three ways:
The Blues Foundation accepts cds through the year and logs them based on their release dates. All recordings sent directly to The Blues Foundation will be put on a master list for consideration by our nominators if released during the appropriate eligibility period
The Blues Foundation opens a formal submission process in July of each year. Musicians and their labels are encouraged to formally submit their recording via this online application
Musicians and their labels may opt to send hard copies of their release to be distributed to each of our nominators for a fee. This is not required, but encouraged, in order to ensure that each of our nominators has easy access to the music for their own listening and judging.
The Blues Foundation enlists a group of approximately 100 blues experts who have worked extensively in all areas of the blues industry. This includes individuals with blues expertise as producers, engineers, radio DJs, journalists, academics, club owners, promoters and others with a deep knowledge of blues music. The identity of the nominators is not made public in order to protect them from outside influences. Nominators must recuse themselves from any categories in which they have a conflict of interest.
The nominators work through two rounds in order to come up with between four and six final nominees in each category. During the first round, each nominator selects his or her three top nominees for each category. Each first selection is weighted by 3X, second selection is weighted by 2X, and third selection is weighted by 1X. The Blues Foundation Staff Moderator then calculates the number of points for each potential nominee in each category and the top 40% of nominees in each category move into Round 2. This information is not publicized.
The nominators then vote for the second round nominations leading and those artists receiving the most votes in each category to become the final Nominees for Blues Music Award.
A Blues Music Awards is given each year to Best Historical CD. This recipient of this category is determined by a special panel of blues experts and is not voted on by the general membership. Announcement of this award will be made during the Blues Music Awards ceremony on May 11, 2017.
All members in good standing, whose dues are current, will receive a final ballot during the voting period. Any member who renews his or her membership or joins as a new member during the voting period will also receive a ballot. Voting will open in late January and will officially close on March 1, 2017 at which point no additional ballots will be accepted.
Results of members’ voting are not known until the Blues Music Awards presentation ceremony when names of the winners are revealed to the public. Announcements of the winners will be shared after the conclusion of the event on The Blues Foundation website.