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The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame
mission is to recognize,
honor, and celebrate our
Iowa Blues heritage

Central Iowa Blues Society is CURRENTLY IN the process of installing the IBHOF exhibit in the Mainframe studios, located at 900 Keosauqua Way in des moines!

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame was founded in 1999 and has been a program of the Central Iowa Blues Society since 2001. New inductees are selected periodically by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame committee and honored at a celebratory awards ceremony.

The Iowa Blues Hall of Fame exhibit was originally housed at Blues on Grand until its closing in 2010. The exhibit was rededicated in its next home at the Hawkeye Elks Lodge in September 2014. In November of 2021, CIBS was asked to remove the IBHOF exhibit from the Elks Lodge. The exhibit has been in storage since. A portable exhibit, that was introduced in 2017, is available for travel to events all across Iowa.

You can support the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame by volunteering, sponsorship, or simply by making a charitable donation.

Inductee Criteria &
Selection Process

CRITERIA – For consideration, nominees need to meet these criteria:

  • Be rooted in a Blues genre style
  • Born, held residency, or performed regularly in the state of Iowa
  • Has played professionally for a significant number of years, so as to constitute a “career” in blues music
  • Non-performing nominees are those that have made a significant contribution by supporting and promoting the Blues in Iowa over a long period of time

NOMINATIONS – All nominations must include the following:

  • Completed nomination form (online or hard-copy version)
  • At least one quality 8X10 photo (high resolution .jpeg or hard copy print)
  • Any available website links, CDs, recorded materials, video, articles, etc. to support the nomination
  • Mail or email any supplemental materials to the contact at the end of the form

SELECTION – Final selection for induction is made by the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame Committee. The Committee reviews all new and previous nominations annually for consideration in that year’s class. Additional information can be submitted at any time to supplement a nomination on file.

Portable Display Request

To request the Iowa Blues Hall of Fame portable display at your event, please send an email to for consideration.