Dear Anime Blues Con Community,
At this time, we have made the very difficult decision to cancel Anime Blues Con scheduled for June 19-21st, 2020. Anime Blues Con will return once again in 2021. Unfortunately at this time due to the current state of affairs, we do not currently have a date ready for next year however we will keep you all updated as soon as a date is ready for next year.
When Memphis first announced its mass gatherings ban to combat the COVID-19 global pandemic on March 19th, 2020, we worked towards making a fully informed decision about what that would mean for Anime Blues Con. During difficult times like this, the community is so very important, and we understand how many artists and small businesses rely on Anime Blues Con. Above all, we wanted to ensure we were making the best decision for both the ABC Community and the future of the convention.
Three major factors have influenced this decision:
Health & Safety: Based on the information and timelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Federal Government, it is highly unlikely that it will be safe to hold a gathering of our size in June 2020. We support the CDC and the State of Tennessee in their efforts to flatten the curve of COVID-19. It is critical that we all play our part in this global strategy to save lives.
Funding: Anime Blues Con is a non-profit organization with the goal of providing affordable pop-culture events to our community. Unfortunately, the closure of many jobs on March 21st coupled with uncertain attendance and increased economic hardship in Memphis and surrounding areas; it is not fiscally responsible to run our convention in 2020. The longevity of our organization depends on responsible planning today, so that we may have an Anime Blues Con in the future.
Community: Anime Blues Con exclusively runs on love and volunteer power. We have no employees or compensated staff at all. While we have poured a lot of hard work over the past year into planning Anime Blues Con 2020, it was important to allow our planning committee members and volunteers to focus on their health, economic stability, and families over the next two months as we fight this global pandemic.
Friends, this is a very difficult time for many people, and the convention scene has been hit very hard. Many conventions may no longer be able to run as a result of COVID-19. It was of the utmost importance for us to preserve ABC for future years. We would like to thank our venue partners for their ongoing support, understanding, and commitment.
We need your help. Anime Blues Con is a community convention, fully volunteer organized and staffed. Every dollar of your ticket goes directly into making Anime Blues Con happen every year. To support next year’s convention, your tickets will automatically be transferred to our new dates in 2021. Refunds are available upon request – please see below for details. If it will not cause you hardship, please consider maintaining your ticket to Anime Blues Con in 2021 so that we can continue to provide you with the wonderful festival we’ve been providing for the past 10 years.
Most of all, please take care of yourselves. We’ll be in touch, ready to meet you again with smiles when the pandemic is contained – you will always have a home at Anime Blues Con. Stay safe, healthy, and don’t forget to love each other.
– Matthew Santirojprapai
Director of Communications
On behalf of the entire Anime Blues Con Staff and Board of Directors.
Why next year?
After careful consideration of the availability of our venue and hotel, as well as our budget and time required to plan our convention, the best decision to ensure the successful future of Anime Blues Con was to postpone Anime Blues Con 2020. We will do our best to provide you, our community, with meaningful opportunities to connect in 2020 once the COVID-19 crisis has passed.
How will my ticket be transferred?
Your ticket(s) will be transferred automatically, there are no additional steps to take. You can use the exact same ticket with the exact same QR code for admission into our convention on the new dates. If you’ve purchased a VIP Badge, all your VIP Badge benefits will transfer with your ticket to 2021.
How can I request a refund?
We understand that not everyone will be available to attend Anime Blues Con in 2021. If you are unable to join us, you may request a refund at https://animeblues.com/refunds/
How do I cancel my hotel room?
Please call the respective hotel you’ve made your reservation at, to cancel your room.
Will I still get to meet the same guests in 2021?
We will be inviting and will happily welcome all of our guests back to Anime Blues Con in 2021, subject to availability. No matter our lineup, we promise to work hard to create the most memorable guest experiences at Anime Blues Con 2021, and will release more information about our guest lineup beginning in the fall.
Will the panel I submitted be considered for the new dates in 2021?
When panel applications open for 2021, we will email all panelists and invite you to resubmit your content. At this time, we will not be carrying over panel acceptance into 2021.
Our volunteer application form will be reset for the 2021 year. We will be asking all volunteers to re-apply when the form opens again and will send an email to everyone who applied in 2020 to let them know when the form is open for 2021. We thank you again for your dedication to helping make our convention happen and hope you can join us next year.