About the CBA
Founded in 1974, the California Bluegrass Association (CBA) is a vital arts organization serving all of California. It is the oldest and largest regional non-profit organization committed to preserving Americana music. The organization’s founding statement defines these objectives:
(1) To promote, encourage, foster and cultivate the preservation, appreciation, understanding, enjoyment, support, and performance of bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and traditional instrumental and vocal music of the United States.
(2) To conduct and promote, directly or indirectly, educational and promotional activities, including sponsoring or supporting festivals, competitions, jamborees, jam sessions, presentations, exhibitions, and performances.
(3) To provide information about and encourage playing and listening to bluegrass, old-time, gospel, and traditional music.
Over the last half-century, the CBA has developed a nationally-recognized children’s music program, produced the longest continually produced Bluegrass Music Festival West of the Mississippi, and supported over 1,000 bands and performers to bring their traditional American music to the public.
Known and respected by Bluegrass music fans, top artists, music executives and promoters worldwide, CBA is now uniquely positioned to be a driving force in the recovery for our community, especially in providing future performance venues for musicians and instructors.
About the CBA