European Blues Union General Assembly
Kulturbrauerei – Berlin (DE), March 19, 2011
After the first three meetings in Parma (IT) in 2008, Notodden (NO) in 2009 and Hondarribia (ES) in 2010, it’s in Berlin (DE) that EBU members from 16 European countries and IBC‘s Executive Director, Jay Sielman, came together to attend the EBU’s first General Assembly. The first European Blues Challenge was spread over two evenings at the Kulturbrauerei and the General Assembly held on Saturday was the chance for over 70 EBU members (musicians, record labels, producers, media, etc.) to get together to think about and work on ways to promote Blues music in Europe and the rest of the world. Some of the important events announced during the day were the presentation of a new complex/museum dedicated to Blues to be opened in Notodden as well as the EBU’s new interactive website with fantastic graphics.
This General Assembly was in keeping with the course of action established by the Blues Foundation, ‘Keeping The Blues Alive’ by suggesting and then setting the date of the next assembly for the same time next year, during the second European Blues Challenge held again in Berlin, before being taken to other European countries to ensure that the Blues is kept alive in all the countries members of the EBU.