Why Become a CBA Member?

Since 1975 there have always been some great reasons to join the California Bluegrass Association.
And we’ve just added some important new member benefits.

Membership Benefits

You will receive significant ticket discounts for CBA events, including the Father’s Day Festival and members-only room pricing for the Great 48 Jam, South State 48 Jam, and other upcoming events. You’ll see all our events listed here.

Your subscription to the Bluegrass Breakdown newsletter will be delivered to your mailbox every month.

You will be eligible to join the CBA Board of Directors and help us steer a path to the future. More information here.

Gain access to the CBA’s Darrell Johnston Kids Instrument Lending Library – you can borrow a wide range of instruments for your kids at no charge! Learn more here

Clarion Associates, Inc Musical Instrument Insurance is pleased to offer outstanding, low-cost, all-risk insurance coverage for musical instruments at a discount to all CBA members. To start a policy, use the Clarion website and select CBA in the check-box menu; or call 1-800-VIVALDI (option 3); or email [email protected] and mention that you are a CBA member. (Subject to underwriting laws in each state; not all will qualify.)

Discounted subscription rates for Acoustic Guitar magazine – your first year subscription is FREE for CBA members and only $20 per year after that. This is a bi-monthly magazine that serves the practical needs of all acoustic guitar players, young and old, beginning and experienced.  It focuses on musical instruction, information, inspiration, advice, and is the voice of the acoustic guitar community. Contact us at [email protected] for your discount code

Discount of 10% for your annual subscription to No Depression, the beautiful quarterly, ad-free, long-form journal on roots music that is published by the FreshGrass Foundation. Each issue features original in-depth articles and artist profiles, original illustrations, and stunning photography. Contact us at [email protected] for your discount code.

Discount of 15% for your annual subscription to Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, which was founded in 1966 and is now published by the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, KY. Contact us at
[email protected] for your discount code

We have arranged with ASCAP and BMI to allow CBA members to produce House Concerts in private homes and be covered under CBA’s Performance Rights Organization (PRO) license. The only requirement is that you’re a current CBA member, and are using an invitation list with no public marketing. If you want to produce a larger event, contact your Regional Director about how CBA can help.

The most important benefit of all : You’ll become a member of the CBA Community and be doing your part to preserve and promote Bluegrass, Old-time, and Gospel music in California.

Additional member benefits are planned for 2022. Don’t miss out!

New Member Campaign

 The California Bluegrass Association is excited to welcome new members to our organization.  Membership fees are very modest – only $25 for individuals and $30 for families.  This is a wonderful bargain considering the many benefits and discounts listed above!

Have you been on the fence about joining?


There’s never been a better time to sign-up than now during our New Member Campaign.



Our Campaign kicks off October 1, 2021, and wraps up January 8, 2022, during the Great 48 Jam.


Our goal is to have 100 new members join the California Bluegrass Association.


We are offering some exciting new member benefits to kick off the drive: for new members that join between now and January 8, you will also receive:

  • A New-member welcome package with some exclusive new CBA welcome gifts
  • A chance to win a pair of complimentary 4-day tickets to the 2022 Father’s Day Festival  (drawing will be at the Great 48 Jam in Bakersfield)
For this promotion, a “new member” is an individual or family that has never been a CBA member or who has not been a member for 24 months or longer.


But I just joined CBA in order to attend the Great 48 Jam or the South State 48 Jam. Did I miss out on these perks?

Not at all!  You will be counted as a new member under this campaign and will receive the benefits described above.

I’ve been a loyal CBA member for years. I’m feeling left out.

You can be part of the Campaign as well.  Any current CBA member who recruits just one new member will receive the exclusive “welcome kit” SWAG, and the chance to win Father’s Day tickets.  Just tell us who you referred by emailing [email protected]

I have a different question. Who can I contact?

Please write or Membership team at [email protected]