Self Produced CD Registration Information

The Minnesota Blues Society is accepting CDs produced without a label by Minnesota acts

for consideration for the Blues Foundation’s “Best Self-Produced CD Competition”. 

Competition Information

The CD must have been released between October 31, 2023 and  September 30, 2024 to be eligible for this year’s competition.

The MnBS deadline is earlier than the Blues Foundation to allow  time to determine an affiliate winner.

CD’s are judged in each of the following criteria (based on the IBC standards:

   Blues Content, 

   Musical Performance

   Audio Quality

   Cover Art and Design

   Credits and Liner Information


The panel of judges is comprised of local blues artists, recording professionals, and blues experts.


The CD selected by the judges scoring will be the MnBS representative Cd at the 2024 competition.


Performers who have previously been nominated for a Blues Music Award (formerly the W.C. Handy Music Award) are not eligible to enter this contest.


To Enter the competition

1. Go to IBC Best Self-Produced CD page and read all of the contest rules. 

2. Enter competition by submitting registration form:

  Printable Form must Include with registration:

  Unopened CD with liner or 

 Online Form must include: 

 Online link with audio files and images of liner 

2. If selected for competition please be prepared to submit four unopened CD’s to send to the IBC.