FDF California Showcase Selection


Adopted May, 2005


A committee of three people, hereafter referred to at the Talent Advisory Group, will bring to the full CBA board of directors recommendations for all bands to be hired at the annual Fathers Day Festival, with the exception of the Emerging Artist Band, which will continue to be recommended by the IBMA Team. The full board of directors of the California Bluegrass Association will continue, as it has in the past, to make the final selection of all talent hired for the Fathers Day Festival.

Selection Criteria and Input

The Talent Advisory Group will consider a broad range of criteria and input in developing its recommendations, including but not limited to:

Direction, goals and priorities for the festival line-up reconfirmed each year by the full board of directors;

The numeric results from a committee 10 to 15 CBA members who will meet and rate bands submitting for the California Showcase. (This committee, which will be called the California Showcase Committee, will follow the same “blind” selection process as has been used in years past.);

First hand observation of acts, most notably at the annual IBMA Trade Show and Fan Fest;
Packets received throughout the year from bands throughout the U.S. and the world;

Any other input collection process considered of value by the Talent Advisory Group (e.g., a process similar to that used in the past to solicit first and second choice headliner line-ups from the board; and

An informal survey down among members on the web site or in the Breakdown, etc.)

TimelineHeadliners—The full board of directors will develop/reconfirm its direction, goals and priorities for the Fathers Day Festival line-up each year in the August-September timeframe to give to the Talent Advisory Group.The Talent Advisory Group will bring to the full board its recommendation for headliner bands (formerly known as “specially featured” band) in the October to December timeframe for the festival a year and a half hence. (For example, the committee would bring its recommended headliners for the 2011 festival to the board of directors in December of 2009.)

Featured Bands--The Talent Advisory Group will bring to the full board its recommendation for featured bands to the November meeting prior to the Festival. (For example, the Talent Advisory Group would bring its recommended featured bands for the 2010 festival to the board of directors in November of 2009.)

California Showcase—Membership of the California Showcase Committee will be recommended to the board by the committee chairperson in September. The California Showcase Committee will meet in early November and immediately provide the results of the process to the Talent Advisory Group. The Talent Advisory Group will bring to the full board its recommended five California Showcase Bands at the November meeting prior to the festival.

Emerging Artist—The IBMA Liaison will bring to the full board the IBMA Team’s recommendation for Emerging Artist at the November meeting prior to the festival.

Talent Advisory Group Appointments—The board will make Talent Advisory Group appointments at the October Membership meeting each year for the following year. (That is, a Talent Advisory Group member appointed in 2007 would take part in selecting bands for the 2008 and 2009 festivals.)

California Showcase Committee Chair Appointment—The board will make this appointment at the October Membership meeting each year for the following year. Talent Advisory Group MembershipQualifications for sitting on the Talent Advisory Group are:

Ability to do the job

Demonstrated knowledge of bluegrass, old time and gospel music and the bands that play this music both nationally and regionally

Membership in the Association

One Talent Advisory Group member will rotate off the group each year; hence, after the first three years of the process, each Talent Advisory Group member will be appointed to a three-year term. (The order in which the first three members rotate off the group will be mutually determined by the members.)


Since the foregoing selection process was adopted by the Association’s board of directors in 2005, a new venue, Vern’s Stage, has been added to the annual Fathers Day Festival. Bands interested in performing at Vern’s should contact the CBA Activities Vice President in their area. Click here for a complete listing of Activities VP’s. If you don't live in an area covered by one of the Vice Presidents, contact the State-Wide Activities Vice President whose name is also included on the listing.

The Area VPs will pass band submissions from their respective areas onto the Vern’s Stage Coordinator. The selection of bands for Vern's Stage is made by the Vern's Stage Coordinator.
Posted By:  Rick Cornish

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