Information About SWBA

Information about SWBA the Southwest Bluegrass Association our history and SWBA’s Mission to Improve public appreciation of Bluegrass music.

Promoting bluegrass music in California, Arizona, Nevada and beyond for 40+ years.

Below you will find information about the Southwest Bluegrass Association and our mission to promote the music we love. Our organization of pickers and grinners are dedicated in providing information about bluegrass music programs, events, and festivals to the public.

Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA) Is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation

We’re a large organization of bluegrass pickers and grinners.

Who take part in and promote Bluegrass music events in the Southwestern United States. The Southwest Bluegrass Association brings people together for the preservation, enjoyment, and advancement of bluegrass music.

This is done through festivals and events, Bluegrass in Schools program, concerts, campout’s, jams, and workshops. SWBA promotes bluegrass music events with The Bluegrass Soundboard  a bi-monthly newsletter, social media, and our website

The Southwest Bluegrass Association is a Proud Member of the  International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)

 History of SWBA – Southwest Bluegrass Association

To the best of our knowledge, the Southern California Inland Bluegrass Association (SCIEBA) was founded in 1975 by Don Tucker, Charlie Reid, Art Tate and possibly one or more others. Their mission was to provide information about bluegrass music, events, and festivals to the public. With their dedication to bluegrass music & hard work the association began to grow in membership. Setting up a table at festivals like, Calico Spring Festival, Norco, Topanga, Julian, Idlewild, and Huck Finn Jubilee. In the 80’s, SCIEBA stared to add members from all over the USA, and in 87-88 the association name was changed to the Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA). Over the last 40 years, SWBA has grown to be one of the largest bluegrass organization in the US, Thanks to a long list of dedicated Southwest Bluegrass Association  members who have volunteered and put in many hours promoting the music we love and making the Southwest Bluegrass Association what it is today!

SWBA’s Mission

In addition to promoting Bluegrass Music our mission.

   Improving public appreciation of bluegrass, and the music’s contribution to American heritage.  Our members attend and encourage others to support local attendance at bluegrass events.

 Assisting other organizations, event promoters and any others involved with bluegrass music. To increase the public’s awareness and appreciation of this music.

 Instructing, conducting educational and promotional activities which will advance and appreciate our American music heritage and culture. To develop school-based activities and events that will introduce young people to take part in bluegrass music.

 To promote and sponsor local bluegrass music and family oriented events.

The Southwest Bluegrass Association is wholly supported by membership fees, fundraising and donations.

That provide funds for sponsored events, concerts, our website, bimonthly newsletter and bluegrass in schools.

SWBA is organized under the California Non-Profit Public Benefit Corporation Law. As a charitable, educational, historical and tax exempt public corporation.  The Southwest Bluegrass Association is not organized for the private gain of any person, or persons.

 SWBA Bluegrass Kids

The Southwest Bluegrass Association Proudly Sponsors the “SWBA Bluegrass Kids” and our  Bluegrass In Schools Program. With 101 kids active in our 2017 Bluegrass In Schools music program.

 SWBA is currently conducting a school program that brings bluegrass music and instruments into the classroom. Designed to introduce this American form of acoustic music to the next generation.

 Since 2006, the “SWBA Bluegrass Kids” students from our school program. Have attended music events and festivals accompanied by Eric Nordbeck. Their instructor and SWBA School Program Chairperson. They have appeared before a very responsive and enthusiastic audience at a number of music events and festivals.

 The SWBA Bluegrass In Schools Program – SWBA Bluegrass Kids

Uses donated instruments and funds for repairs, strings, tuners, picks and cases.

 Anyone who wishes to donate an instrument to the program may do so by contacting Eric Nordbeck  Click Here

The Southwest Bluegrass Association (SWBA) is a 501(c)(3) Non-Profit Corporation, and donation may be tax deductible. 

All funds contributed for the School Program go to a special bank account set up exclusively for that purpose.

And will not be used for any other SWBA expenses.

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SWBA members support and promote bluegrass music and those who are involved in it.

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