Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association (CMA) is the premier trade association of the Country Music industry. Representing professionals making a living in Country Music globally, the organization serves as a critical resource of support and information, honors excellence in the genre and provides a forum for industry leadership. CMA is dedicated to expanding Country Music around the world through a number of core programs and initiatives including the organization’s three annual television properties—the CMA Awards, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” all of which air on ABC. The organization’s philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation, works tirelessly to provide equitable access to music education in order to create impactful change for students and teachers across the United States.


Heighten the awareness of Country Music and support its on-going growth, both domestically and internationally.


CMA is committed to creating lasting change by nurturing an inclusive and equitable culture. By fostering these practices in all areas of our business, we will ensure the future of our industry. We celebrate the dedication of our staff, our membership and the industry in moving Country Music forward and are committed to offering education and resources to help ensure an equitable pipeline of opportunity that continues for years to come.


At CMA, we see an investment in our members as an investment in the future. We are first and foremost a trade association, established to service the industry and its on-going growth. CMA provides its members access to a wide range of benefits including, but not limited to, professional development, health care resources, industry voting privileges, networking opportunities, research, and much more.


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.




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 thousands of 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.