2017 Blues Blast Submission Information

The 2017 Blues Blast Music Award Submission Information

The Blues Blast Music Awards honor contemporary Blues artists and their recordings. Artists with major labels and indie artists are eligible to be considered.

The eligibility period for specific recordings is music released from May 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017. Categories such as Male Blues Artist, Female Blues Artist, Blues Band and the Rising Star Award are not tied to these specific dates but instead are based on our nominators recent observations of performances of touring artists over the past year.


Contemporary Blues Album Traditional Blues Album
Soul Blues Album Rock Blues Album
Acoustic Blues Album Live recording Of The Year
New Artist Debut Album Historical or Vintage Recording
Male Blues Artist Of The Year Female Blues Artist Of The Year
Blues Band Of The Year Sean Costello Rising Star Award

How To Send Your Releases To The Blues Blast Music Awards Nominators

We are now accepting submissions from labels and artists until April 15, 2017. If the BBMA nominators do not know about your release, they can’t nominate it. 

Artist do not necessarily have to submit their releases to be considered but any that do will have their recordings screened by the nominators.  (Our Nominators can’t nominate something they haven’t heard!)

We have 30 nominators so you need to send 30 individual copies to the address below before April 15th, 2017. Any received after that date may not get sent to the nominators.

Fees For 2017

For 2017, there is a $25 charge to have your music sent to the 30 nominators. We hate to do this but it is outrageously expensive to send boxes of CDs to our nominators all over the globe. Your check or money order must accompany your submission. This $25 charge is for each recording submitted, not for each copy of the recording! So if a label sends in 30 copies for two of their artists releases, it would be $50. Please make checks payable to Blues Blast Magazine. 

You must include one copy of the submission form for each recording or album submitted . Please CLICK HERE and print a copy of the submission form. Please fill out a separate copy of this submission form for each recording submitted. (Only one copy is needed per submitted recording!)

Fill in all the information and include ONE COPY in the box with each submission. It is recommended that you send the submissions First Class Mail and include delivery confirmation in your mailing to be sure we receive your submission. CD’s received after April 15th, 2017 may not reach the nominators so hurry and get your submissions in today!

Nominators begin returning their nominations May 1st and final nominations will be announced after June 1st, 2017. Fan voting Begins in July. 

Mailing Address For Submissions

2016 Blues Blast Music Awards

P.O. Box 721

Pekin, Illinois 61555

Call (309) 267-4425 if you have questions