Background Information

Beginning in January 2021, we have started delivering the Bluegrass Canada magazine in full colour. This has increased our costing significantly, of course, but is a necessary step in our continuous effort to improve the quality and readability of the magazine. Our shift to including *only* content with a Canadian connection has proven to be very popular and will be our enduring policy, going forward.

In the past, the magazine policy was that all members would receive a printed copy delivered by mail, unless they specifically opted out, with a less costly membership option for online access only.

Beginning January 1, 2021, the new policy will be that there is only one membership category – "Grass Roots" - all members have access to the online version of the magazine. The magazine will continue to be offered in printed form, delivered via mail to "SUBSCRIBERS" only. The cost for the subscription is determined solely by the costs incurred in producing, printing and delivery. In the past five years, our Canada Post costs have doubled and the cost for printing full colour has also been expensive – but we are confident that the increases will be offset by the higher quality of the finished product.

Membership Policy (2021)

Type of Membership Cost per year Application
Grass Roots Membership (Includes spouse & family members under 18, living in same household.) All Grass Roots members have full access to all areas of the website, including the online magazine archive. $20.00
Magazine SUBSCRIPTION - available to all Grass Roots members. $45.00 Includes Grass Roots membership
BAND Membership FREE (When Guidelines are met)
CLUB/Association/Society Membership FREE (When Guidelines are met)
FESTIVAL/MUSIC CAMP Membership FREE (When Guidelines are met)
BUSINESS Membership FREE (When Guidelines are met)
MEDIA Membership FREE (When Guidelines are met)

The following chart summarizes the benefits and Guidelines for Organizational membership.

Organization Type Benefits Description Guidelines
BAND Membership BMAC BAND PROFILE page
• Band name & location
• Band photo
• All band members listing (Name & Role)
• Description
• Contact info - Name, email & Telephone
• Links to website & Social Media
• EPK download section
• Music mp3 player with up to 10 selections
• Video mp4 player with up to 4 videos.
• Access to BMAC discounts for !Earshot-Distro submissions
The band page is presented with a standardized theme, with a menu system for easy comparison at the click of a mouse. This system was developed primarily to provide potential presenters or musical service users a quick and easy method of finding a bluegrass performer within the geographical area they are focused on. All band members should be Grass Roots BMAC members.
CLUB/Association/Society Membership BMAC CLUB PROFILE page
• Name of Organization and location
• Schedule & location of Jam sessions, etc.
• Contact info, web & social media links
• Listing of Directors, including phone & email contact info (if desired).
This page is presented with a standardized theme, with a menu system for easy comparison at the click of a mouse. This system was developed primarily to provide potential new members or musical service users a quick and easy method of finding a bluegrass association within the geographical area they are focused on. All Club Board Executive members will be Grass Roots BMAC members. All other Board members *should* be Grass Roots BMAC members.
FESTIVAL or MUSIC CAMP Membership BMAC FESTIVAL/MUSIC CAMP PROFILE page
• Festival image, logo
• Name of the Festival or Music Camp
• Location of the event
• Date(s) of the event
• Booking or Contact info
• Web and social media links.
• Details: Festival poster image with a download link to a printable .pdf copy.
The Festival page is presented with a standardized theme, with a menu system for easy comparison at the click of a mouse. This system was developed primarily to provide potential festival attendees a quick and easy method of finding bluegrass events within the geographical area they are focused on, all sorted in date order. All Festival or Music Camp organizing committee members should be Grass Roots BMAC members.
BUSINESS Membership BMAC BUSINESS PROFILE page
• Name of the Business and location
• Business image, logo
• Contact info
• Web and social media links.
• Details: Advertising poster image with a download link to a printable .pdf copy.
The Business page is presented with a standardized theme, with a menu system for easy comparison at the click of a mouse. This system was developed primarily to provide potential customers a quick and easy method of finding a business offering bluegrass related products and services within the geographical area they are focused on. One Business Organization member will be a Grass Roots BMAC member. The business needs to be involved with BMAC advertising on an annual basis.
MEDIA Membership BMAC "Radio On The Air" page
• Name of the Station and Frequency
• Geographical Location
• Bluegrass Program Name
• Air times of the Bluegrass Program
• Program HOST name(s)
• Special information, eg: internet feeds
• Contact information.
• Web and social media links.
• Easy access to Canadian Bluegrass thru !Earshot-Distro
The Media listing is presented on our "Radio On The Air" listing in the Resources section. All current Bluegrass Radio shows in Canada are listed in a table layout, sorted by Station. All Bluegrass Program DJ(s) should be a Grass Roots BMAC members.