Keeping the Blues Alive through
Celebration, Preservation & Education!
The Central Iowa Blues Society (CIBS) is a volunteer non-profit arts organization dedicated to the education, preservation and celebration of blues and roots music throughout Iowa.
CIBS was incorporated as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization in 1992 by 200 blues lovers who wanted to help to improve the blues scene in central Iowa. Membership has grown to over 1,000 members (as of November 2018). We endeavor to increase awareness of and appreciation for blues music by providing a network of association for blues enthusiasts. We recognize and honor our Iowa blues heritage through the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame program. We celebrate blues performance by promoting numerous concerts throughout the year including the Winter Blues Fest and the Iowa Blues Challenge. We strive to educate and ensure the future of the blues through the Blues in the Schools program.
Central Iowa Blues Society is a 2016 recipient of The Blues Foundation’s Keeping the Blues Alive Award. The Memphis-based Blues Foundation presents the Keeping the Blues Alive (KBA) Awards to individuals and organizations that have made significant contributions to the Blues around the world each year. They’re other signature events and honors include; the Blues Music Awards, the International Blues Challenge, and the Blues Hall of Fame. MORE about The Blues Foundation ->