Carl Pagter posing with banjo

Frank’s Fund

CBA Ambassador and Lifetime Member Frank Solivan Sr. passed away at the end of August 2023 breaking the hearts of generations of young musicians and their families whom he loved and supported for three decades.  Frank, with his mustache and smile, was known by thousands in the worldwide bluegrass community for his love and support of his musician son Frank Solivan II (Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen) and for his lifelong work with young musicians.

The California Bluegrass Association has led the way in emphasizing programs for Youth with Frank Solivan Sr. designing and developing the first Kids on Bluegrass Program in the early 1990s.  Frank’s vision was also implemented at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass with Kim Fox directing the first IBMA KOB program in Nashville with Frank assisting.  Many other festivals have followed suit.

Frank retired from Kids on Bluegrass in 2019 and personally designated Helen Foley Garrett as his successor and the CBA KOB program is stronger than ever.  The CBA also continues to support our young musicians who apply for and are accepted into the IBMA KOB program at the annual World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh.

group of young musicians with Frank Solivan

Contribute Today!

We created Frank’s Fund with the goal of expanding Kids on Bluegrass and our outreach and support of young musicians in California and beyond. 100% of all tax deductible dollars donated will go to our budgeted programs for KOB in the name of Frank Solivan Sr.

group of young musicians with Frank Solivan