At a house jam in the Fall of 1992 an old friend Nancy Gillins said, “Ya’ know, we ought to have a bluegrass organization right here in Southern California.” Nancy spoke to a whole bunch of folks involved in the Southern California Bluegrass scene and the thought turned into a reality in 1993, with the birth of the Bluegrass Association of Southern California (BASC).
The very first meeting of BASC was held at the home of Margo and Ken Tennesen. Elaine and Clark Weissman of CTMS fame lent their expertise in how to establish a non-profit (501c3) educational organization. And so, from a small charter membership of about 40 bluegrass music lovers, BASC has grown to a membership of over 300, including many sponsors supporting BASC to promote bluegrass music right here in Southern California. inTUNE News, is produced cooperatively with our sister organization, the San Diego Bluegrass Society. BASC goals include:
- To promote bluegrass music in general, and specifically to promote unity among fans, performers, interested participants, audiences and any organization involved in bluegrass music.
- To develop, cultivate and improve the public image of bluegrass music.
- To create an awareness among the general public of bluegrass music’s profound artistic value and its enduring contribution to American culture and heritage.
- To assist the bluegrass artists and fans in the development, performance and preservation of bluegrass music.
- To assist any other organization, person or entity in the promotion of bluegrass music, including, but not limited to, increasing the media’s awareness of bluegrass music.
- To create within school systems events which educate and introduce young people to the environment and artistic satisfaction of participating in and listening to bluegrass music.
- To present and/or sponsor bluegrass concerts, festivals, seminars, camps and other public events.
- To influence decision makers and resource providers on the national, state and local level, by conferences, meetings and publications, thereby ensuring the growth of bluegrass music.