Country Music Association
The Country Music Association was founded in 1958 by businessmen at a meeting of a disc jockey association held in Nashville . The main task is the commercial promotion of country music . Anyone who is professionally involved in the country scene can become a member.
When it was founded, the CMA had 223 members; In 2010, more than 6,000 people and organizations from over forty countries were members. Wesley Rose was the first chairman , and Connie B. Gay was the first president. In later years, well-known stars such as Tex Ritter or Gene Autry took over the office of President several times .
The most important promotional measures were the establishment of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1961 and, since 1967, the annual presentation of the CMA Awards . The ceremony, which takes place in late autumn, is broadcast nationwide on television and has exceptionally high ratings. Furthermore, the CMA organizes the “CMA Music Festival” (the former “Fan Fair”), which lasts several days every June in Nashville, where more than 150,000 country music fans meet their stars.