It all started in 1930 when Mrs. Ruth Sanborn and two fellow music teachers worried that the people of Concord, and children especially, knocked off their pins by the Great Depression, would never have the chance to hear great live music. Meanwhile, in New York, Columbia Artists Management Inc. (CAMI) worried that the professional artists it represented would never have the chance to earn a living as performers. In one of the rare instances where distant planets align, CAMI and the Ruth Sanborns of many small communities banded together and created a National Community Concert Association. The artists would tour to small communities and be able to learn a living, and the small communities would receive the classical concert opportunities they craved.
Mrs. Sanborn's first season offered membership/subscriptions for $3.00 with accompanying children admitted free. In 2020-2021 the CCCA offers subscriptions for $60.00 including four concerts in Concord (children still admitted free) and four concerts in Nashua, EIGHT world-class concerts this year for no more than $60.00.