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


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

How to apply to Vern's Stage 2018

Application Deadline - November 15, 2017

To be eligible to play Vern’s Stage, bands must be California based and play bluegrass, old time, gospel, or traditional music. If you have played Vern’s in the last two years (2016, 2017) you are not eligible for playing this stage again yet.

Please send your application material packet (below) to your California Bluegrass Association Area Vice President and tell them you are applying for Vern’s Stage 2018. (Do not email the Vern’s Stage Committee directly). Not sure of who your Area VP is? Here is a listing of Vice Presidents and Areas. If you don't see your area listed, please email the Vice President closest to you. There is no limit on how many bands Area Vice Presidents can submit to the Vern's Stage Selection Committee.


  • Three full songs - any digital format is fine! (Video, mp3, links to specific tracks on a website or youtube page are all fine! We would like to encourage video submissions when possible. We do not take cds.)
  • Official band contact person and email
  • We do not require a band website, but please include it if you have one!

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