Outcome of Online European Team Meeting Thursday 25th February 2021
With no clear indication as to when live events may return to our stages and much of Europe still under lockdown, the inevitable decision has been made to again suspend 40th European Blues Awards full public voting process for the second year running. The better news is that in association with weekly online Blues forum using hashtag #BluesHour (through @BluesHour on twitter) there will be a new public focus for Blues and all genre related album material released and available from beginning of April 2021.
This will begin on Monday 19th April and continue every 3rd Monday until 18th October, the usual time for the actual full awards process to take place. Although not the ideal it gives everyone the chance to showcase their latest material and independent performers, reviewers and labels the chance to share important music that without ability to take the stage due to Corona virus, may otherwise obtain less exposure. That will provide at least 7 full months of open opportunity and benefit during current period. For purposes of the #BluesHour new album release focus and nomination, normal European performance rule during qualifying year will not apply for obvious reasons of travel and mobility at this time.
Reviewers, publications labels and of course artists are invited to submit latest material and recommendation for consideration by followers and blues fans worldwide between Monday 19th April and Monday 18th October. Material from European Blues Awards ‘Hall of Fame‘ members will also be made eligible at this time.
Any breaches of social media and conduct rules instantly and permanently invalidate any participant’s involvement in the process. The European Blues Awards are by charter conducted without sponsorship or association with publications, labels, promoters, venues, events or reviewers. Voting for certain categories such as Lifetime Contribution may be considered for public ballot in October depending on situation at that time. More information to follow at a later date.
Not ideal, but regretfully once again in these unique circumstances, all that can be done at this time. It is unfortunately the 2nd year of disruption, but without live events and to preserve integrity of biggest, longest running independent genre accolade outside the USA, was the right and only path to take.
EBA Team 1st March 2021