An act is limited to three consecutive appearances at the IBC, i.e. there must be a break of at least one year after competing in three back-to back IBCs. An individual may not compete in more than one act in any capacity. A musician may not compete in the Band Division and the Solo/Duo Division, even if that musician represents a different Affiliate in each. Affiliates are allowed and often do impose additional eligibility restrictions for their own competitions. Please check with your local challenge to determine if there are additional rules or restrictions.
Any act, band, or solo/duo, that has won first place at the IBC may not enter a challenge in that same category in the future. An individual musician who has won the IBC as a solo performer may not re-enter as part of a duo, nor can a member of an IBC winning duo then enter as a solo performer.