become a member

As the cultural voice of LA, KCRW is the home for sounds, tastes, ideas, and experiences that are new, next, and unexpected. A KCRW membership is an entry into year-round experiences that reflect that. By supporting KCRW, you are joining a community that is original and daring, that finds joy and connection through music, news, and culture, and that believes everyone is welcome to this experiment in public radio we call KCRW. We love our community and member perks are our way of saying thank you!

Apogee Session with artist Courtney Barnett. Photo by Larry Hirshowitz

Mark Speer of Khruangbin plays at the Members-Only Summer Nights with The Huntington. Photo by Larry Hirshowitz.

Member Benefits

*Want benefits that go above and beyond? Check out the KCRW Champion community*

    • Members-Only Events: Access some of the coolest locations across Southern California with KCRW Hosts and DJs providing immaculate vibes
    • Partner Perks (formerly Fringe Benefits): Treat yourself to discounts on dining and cultural experiences across Southern California
    • Access intimate artist sessions: Join us irl for intimate Live From KCRW music performances
    • Exclusive artist video singles: Can’t attend? Fear not! We send members bonus tracks and video singles in our monthly newsletters.
    • Automatic sweepstakes entry exclusive to monthly members*: Have the chance to explore a new country, get VIP access to the hottest music festivals, and more.
    • Complimentary access to NPR+exclusive to monthly members**: Enjoy your favorite NPR podcasts (ad-free), special bonus episodes, archival content, early access, and more
    • KCRW Member Texts: Opt-in and let us curate the best of KCRW, Los Angeles, and beyond, delivered right to your phone.
    • Partner Presales: Immerse yourself in world-class art at Frieze LA, celebrate music at the Hollywood Bowl, and expand your horizons at the Moth Mainstage, all thanks to exclusive presales and discounts
    • Special perks at KCRW events and partner film screenings: Members enjoy sweet perks like priority entry, food & drink specials, and more
    • Limited-edition merch and exclusive member pricing

*Monthly Members give KCRW’s most dependable base of support. Help us plan for the future and save us banking fees and paper.
**Available to monthly members who contribute $8 or more per month.

Why Support KCRW?

KCRW is a spotlight. A playground. A curator that weaves together the disparate parts of the cultural life of Angelenos. Built upon a 45 year history as an award-winning public media service, music influencer, and flagship NPR member station, KCRW’s format is unique to the NPR network, using music discovery and community gatherings as entry points for essential local news, life-affirming art and original storytelling that link people to each other and to Los Angeles. We do this by feeding a collective cultural curiosity.

We’re your first friend in LA.

Los Angeles is more than just our city, it is our home. LA is ground zero for the best food, the freshest art, the newest culture, and the latest sounds. Not only that, LA is massive. Greater Los Angeles is a mosaic of 88 cities smashed into 500 square miles, each with a unique culture of its own. And KCRW welcomes you with open arms and serves you the most interesting parts of Los Angeles on a silver platter.

Journalists you can trust.

KCRW is driven by a commitment to ethics and integrity, and our producers and journalists have received prestigious honors, including The George Foster Peabody Award, Edward R. Murrow Awards, and Corporation for Public Broadcasting Awards.

Hand-picked music.

KCRW DJs are given one directive: “play what you love.” Our independent music programming encourages true music discovery. KCRW has helped vault many artists into the mainstream — along the way inspiring listeners to explore music’s uncharted waters.


KCRW produces 100+ hours of original weekly content through the lens of Los Angeles and its diverse perspectives. We’re exploring the worlds of art, technology, architecture, food, entertainment, and storytelling together.

Members make KCRW.

Join forces with 45,000 fellow members who believe in this experiment in public radio we call KCRW. KCRW members are the largest, most reliable source of critical operating funds for KCRW, and those funds go directly to producing the programs you love.

Champion Chef’s Table event at Maude featuring chef Curtis Stone and Evan Kleiman, Host of Good Food. Photo by Gina Clyne. KCRW @ Home: Panel discussion on the current state of post-legalization of recreational use of marijuana: Take Me To Your Dealer Panel Discussion by Brian Feinzimer Bookworm Live featuring author Charles Yu at KCRW HQ. Photo by Gina Clyne.

Photo 1: Champion Chef’s Table event at Maude featuring chef Curtis Stone and Evan Kleiman, Host of Good Food. Photo by Gina Clyne.

Photo 2: KCRW @ Home: Margo Price plays for KCRW Champions & KCRW Members at an intimate Live From performance at KCRW HQ. Photo by Dustin Downing.

Photo 3: Bookworm Live featuring author Charles Yu at KCRW HQ. Photo by Gina Clyne.

“For more than 25 years, your station has been the arbiter of so many crucial aspects of my life: international and local news and politics, cultural event notifications and analyses, voices of incredible diversity of experience and of course, sitting right at the top, the music. Always the music. By the way, I've appreciated the noticeable widening in host and DJ diversity in recent years. Thank you for all your work and don't ever stop.” KCRW Member Tonia (Long Beach, CA)

“You are my lifeline, my dance break, my heart’s balm in troubled times. Love love love!” KCRW Member Rachel (Saint Paul, Minnesota)

“KCRW is a sanctuary for me. There’s a program and host for every moment of the day and night. You are a constant source of fuel for my imagination, education and good vibes. Thank you!”KCRW Member Elaine (Redondo Beach, CA)

“KCRW is a Mecca for earworm seekers! Thank you for being a human-centered sonic constant in the constant flux of 21st-century music machine variables! Listening all the way from the east coast of NC. day in and day out…”KCRW Member Gene (Wilmington, North Carolina)

“KCRW was one of the first radio stations I heard when I came to the USA from Argentina, many years ago. KCRW not only kept me informed, but taught me more about this country than any class I could take in college. I donated for a while, but then life got very difficult for me and my family. But now that I finally got a decent job that allows me to support my family, I want to keep supporting this great radio. First thing I do every morning (from 6:00 a.m. to 8:00), and every evening when I'm done working (while I'm making dinner for my family after 6:00 p.m.) is to listen to KCRW. Thank You for making my life so much better!” KCRW Member Virginia (Sun Valley, CA)

“I’m a truck driver from Canada that learned of your station when I heard Morning Becomes Eclectic while driving through LA. Since then I’ve downloaded your app and take full advantage of your news and music programming. Thank you for being such an honest voice in the media for news and information and also for the incredible music you broadcast every day.”KCRW Member William (Surrey, BC, Canada)

“I just want to give all the people in charge of KCRW’s E24 radio a big hug, doing god’s work out there.”KCRW Member Heidi

"Just wanted to say thank you to you and your crew for yesterday’s awesome concert! My daughter, Penelope, was thrilled to see and meet [The Linda Lindas] for the first time, especially her favorite, Elouise. We drove back up to San Jose after the concert and she fell asleep in the car talking about what a great night it was. We arrived at home at 4am, and when I gently got her out of the car to take her to her bed, she woke up and gushed about it some more!! Thanks again for the most memorable evening!"KCRW Member Chris (San Jose, CA)

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Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament.
Photo by Brian Feinzimer


Chinatown Summer Nights with KCRW DJ Jason Bentley.
Photo by Brian Feinzimer


Good Food's Annual Pie Contest at UCLA.
Photo by Brian Feinzimer

LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers Live at KCRW HQ. Photo by Brian Feinzimer.

LRC Presents: All the President's Lawyers Live at KCRW HQ. Photo by Brian Feinzimer.
Photo by Brian Feinzimer.


Champion event featuring KCRW Program Director of Music Anne Litt in conversation with authors Lauri Kranz and Dean Kuipers about their book, A Garden Can Be Anywhere: Creating Bountiful and Beautiful Edible Gardens.
Photo by Gina Clyne


Chinatown Summer Nights with KCRW DJ Garth Trinidad.
Photo by Brian Feinzimer

KCRW DJ Novena Carmel at KCRW HQ Summer Nights. Photo by Dustin Downing.

KCRW DJ Novena Carmel at KCRW HQ Summer Nights.
Photo by Dustin Downing.


Good Food's Annual Pie Contest at UCLA.
Photo by Brian Feinzimer


Gustavo’s Great Tortilla Tournament.
Photo by Dustin Downing