About CMA

About CMA

CMA was founded in 1958 in response to the burgeoning popularity of Elvis Presley. Radio stations were switching formats from Country Music to rock ‘n’ roll and a group of industry visionaries decided that the collective resources of the entire industry were needed to stem the rising rock tide.

CMA was the first trade association formed to promote a genre of music. The organization started with 160 members and has now grown to more than 7,500 industry professionals around the world representing every aspect of the business. Today there are 82 volunteer leaders that serve on the CMA Board of Directors.

Mission Statement

Heighten the awareness of Country Music and support its on-going growth by recognizing excellence in the genre, serving as a repository for critical and timely information and communication, while providing a forum for industry leadership dialogue toward its goals.

Vision Statement

CMA is dedicated to bringing the poetry and emotion of Country Music to the world. We will continue the tradition of leadership and professionalism, promoting the music, and recognizing excellence in all its forms. While fostering a spirit of community and sharing, we will respect and encourage creativity and the unique contributions of all. CMA will be a place to have fun and celebrate success. We will take risks, embrace change, and always exceed the expectations of those we serve.

Board Of Directors

The CMA Board of Directors was established in 1959, a year after CMA was founded as the first trade organization formed to promote a genre of music. Initially, the Board included nine directors and five officers. Early years of the Board featured the Chairman and President serving two-year terms in their roles.

An organized succession in CMA’s volunteer leadership was established in 2003; four Directors serve as Officers of the Board, those being Chairman, President, President-Elect, and Secretary/Treasurer. This move established a line of succession with the President-Elect moving to President and the President becoming Chairman.

Officers

Sally Williams

Chairman
Ryman Auditorium

Bill Simmons

President
The Fitzgerald Hartley Company

Jody Williams

President Elect
BMI

Kurt Johnson

Secretary/Treasurer
Townsquare Media

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BECOME A MEMBER

Since its inception in 1958 when a small group of concerned music industry pioneers gathered in small Miami hotel room, the Country Music Association started as, and continues to be, a membership organization dedicated to promoting and furthering the reach of Country Music around the world.

CMA boasts more than 7,100 members involved in Country Music in 40 countries.

Being a CMA member has its benefits, but the greatest benefit of all is knowing that your membership helps Country Music grow.