Friend of the Freight - Membership & Donations

The Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse is a nonprofit community arts organization dedicated to promoting public awareness and understanding of traditional music—music that is rooted in and expressive of the great variety of regional, ethnic, and social cultures of peoples throughout the world.

For more than 40 years, the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has been a place where we come together to discover and appreciate our shared musical heritage.

The Freight belongs to all of us, and it’s up to us to make sure the Freight continues to do what it does best – present great music! We invite you at this time to make a gift that shows how much you recognize the importance of preserving the vitality of the music we love.

Nothing draws people together like a shared musical experience, and nowhere is there a more welcoming environment for audiences and musicians to connect than at the Freight.

Some supporters have been with us from the beginning and some may have joined us in our new home, but all of you have contributed to making the Freight an internationally renowned music destination and a place of discovery.

your creativity. . .

Through year-round workshops and classes at the Freight, everyone can experience the joy of singing and playing traditional music . . . all with instructors drawn from the Freight's roster of celebrated performers.

community. . .

Come together at the Freight to explore the rich history and lively future of acoustic music in our global neighborhood, from country blues to Celtic-Klezmer fusion, gypsy jazz to the freedom songs of Southern Africa.

great music . . .

Join us as we offer over 300 performances a year in our unique listening room atmosphere. Experience remarkable artists and explore the musical traditions and innovations that make up the heritage of our diverse Bay Area communities.

The Freight is a special place for audiences and artists alike . . . it's a place where we maintain that live connection to the music, stories, cultures, and characters that enrich our lives. Please make a gift today, and together we will continue to discover and enjoy this rich legacy of traditional music for many years to come. Thank you in advance for your support.


As a Freight member you’ll enjoy:

$50 – Priority mailing of the Freight calendar
$100 - Benefits of $50 donation plus discount card ($2 off two tickets per show);
10% discount on Freight classes and workshops
$300 - Benefits of $100 donation plus $50 gift certificate good toward purchase of concert tickets or other Freight programs
$500 – Benefits of $100 donation plus $100 gift certificate good toward purchase of concert tickets or other Freight programs
$750 – Benefits of $500 donation plus invitation to donor appreciation house concerts
$1,000 – Benefits of $750 donation plus copy of They All Played For Us, 4-CD, 192-page book celebrating the 50th anniversary of Arhoolie Records

To become a member, renew, or give a gift membership today:

Make a gift of stock
If you own stock, it is sometimes "tax-wise" to contribute stock rather than cash. A gift of appreciated stock generally offers a two-fold tax advantage. You avoid paying capital gains tax on the increased value of the stock, and you receive an income tax deduction for the full fair market value at the time of the gift. Please contact us for more information.

Recognize someone special with a tribute gift
Honor someone special—or someone whose memory you hold dear—by giving a gift in his or her name to the Freight. Whether it be a friend or a family member, your generous gift expresses a genuine commitment to traditional music. Tell us who you would like to receive notice of this tribute gift, and we'll send a personalized card to them in your name. Please contact us for more information.

Provide for the Freight with a planned gift
Planned giving refers to bequests, other estate gifts, and other deferred gifts and provides for your legacy of support. Planned giving has a good degree of flexibility and can leave a legacy of support for traditional music and a vibrant community arts organization.Please contact our development department for more information at 510-644-2020, x114, or email

We are grateful for the many volunteers that help out the Freight. Please contact us for details of how you can volunteer.

Support the Freight and make a gift today.

Freight & Salvage Calendar of Events

Listen to sample tracks from upcoming artists.