IFB solutions seeks ‘Blind Idol’ contestant submissions

IFB solutions seeks ‘Blind Idol’ contestant submissions
February 22
03:00 2018

IFB Solutions, based in Winston-Salem, has officially kicked off the 2018 Blind Idol national singing competition. Interested singers who also happen to be legally blind must submit their audio submissions by March 30. Submission guidelines are available at

To enter, contestants must submit a video or mp3 audio file of an individual singing performance no longer than two minutes in length, either online or by mail by the March 30 deadline. A panel of judges will select 20 semi-finalists to perform a live audition in June 2018. IFB will host the semi-final auditions in Raleigh, N.C. and Little Rock, Ark.

From the live auditions, four finalists will move on to the finale competition in August 2018 in Winston-Salem, N.C. Specific locations and dates for the semi-finals and the finale competition will be announced by May 1.

The 2018 Blind Idol singing competition is open to any adult who is 18 years or older, legally blind and a resident of the United States. Entrants are required to provide proof of legal blindness as defined by the Social Security Administration. The Blind Idol winner will receive a Grand Prize package of $2,000 cash, eight hours of recording time at a recording facility in Winston-Salem, and a professional headshot. The total prize package is valued at $4,000.

Anastasia Powell, IFB Solutions adult programs coordinator and one of the event’s co-organizers, encourages everyone who is blind with a passion for singing to enter. “Blind Idol is a wonderful opportunity to celebrate and showcase the talents of people who are blind or visually impaired across the country,” says Powell. “Music is a universal bridge because regardless of your sight, everyone enjoys and appreciates great singing.”

About IFB Solutions (IFB)

IFB Solutions is a nonprofit corporation founded in 1936 that provides employment, training and services for people who are blind or visually impaired. As the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the United States, IFB operates manufacturing facilities in Winston-Salem, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark., in addition to more than 40 office supply stores and optical centers across the country. IFB Solutions funds employee training and services as well as community programs through its IFB Solutions Foundation, making possible the Community Low Vision Centers across North Carolina and in Little Rock, Arkansas, as well as Tracy’s Little Red Schoolhouse based in Winston-Salem.

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