Band Selection Process for The Fathers Day Festival

Adopted May, 2005
Revised Aug, 2016

Talent Advisory Group Chair 2016-2017
Jim Ingram

5270 Hecker Pass Road
Gilroy, CA 95020
408-847-6837
silvanis@wildblue.net

Overview

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.

See Addendum for Vern’s Stage bands

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;
  • 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)

Main Stage Bands  — The Talent Advisory Group will bring to the full board its recommendation for headliner bands (formerly known as "specially featured" bands) as early as possible for the festival as early as possible.

California Showcase  — This is an opportunity for non-touring California bands to play the main stage at the CBA Grass Valley Fathers' Day Festival. Membership of the California Showcase Committee will be recommended to the board by the committee chairperson in September . The California Showcase Committee will meet no later than the weekend before the October board meeting.  The numeric results from the committee of CBA members will be presented to the Board at the October board meeting.  The board will make the final selection.  If a band submits to be a California Showcase Band and if at the same time is being considered by TAG to be a featured band, TAG decision takes precedence.  The five selected bands will play on the Main Stage and on the Pioneer Stage.

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

Talent Advisory Group Appointments  — The board will make Talent Advisory Group appointments when all bands for the following year have been signed.  Talent Advisory Group Membership Qualifications 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.)

Addendum - Vern's Stage

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 Area Vice President closest to you. The Area VPs will submit band submissions from their respective areas to the Vern's Stage Coordinator. The selection of bands for Vern's Stage is made by the Vern's Stage Coordinator in consultation with the Vern's Stage Committee.

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