Music associations

March 5, 2014

Another music industry list from Tresbear Music

music association logoMusic associations tend to be non-profit entities whose missions include promoting specific genres of music, assisting in marketing, creating visibility, and so on. As music genres tend to be fluid over time, one may find musicians moving between related music genres & sub-genres, playing in festivals and events that would not normally be considered to be of the same genre of music.

Although most music associations have a core music identity to which they closely hold, many will expand beyond the original identity as the related genres of music evolve. For instance, those in the bluegrass field saw many ride the pop-culture wave influenced by the acclaimed 2000 film O Brother, Where Art Thou? — even though the film featured music that was far more old-timey than the typical bluegrass played at the time.

Partial list of relevant music associations

Americana Music Association (AMA)
The AMA is a fast-growing, professional nonprofit trade organization on a mission to advocate for American Roots Music in the United States and around the world. As such, the organization works with Americana artists, radio stations, record labels, publishers, and others to create networking opportunities, visibility, and economic viability. The AMA also strives to increase brand recognition of Americana music and its artists.

Folk Alliance International
Previously known as the North American Folk Music and Dance Alliance, Folk Alliance International is a non-profit trade organization with a mission to promote folk music and dance. Folk Alliance International sponsors an annual conference which is the industry focal point for folk music and dance.music association logo

International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the organization that in many ways united bluegrass, is a trade association whose mission it is to promote bluegrass music everywhere. IBMA established the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Honor at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in 1991 to recognize lifetime contributions to bluegrass music by performers and non-performers alike. Winners are chosen by the 2,500 members of the International Bluegrass Music Association. IBMA relocated its offices to Nashville, Tennessee in 2003.

Roots Music Association
The Roots Music Association is committed to providing an international voice and forum for all roots-based music formats — an alliance that strives for the advancement of independent artists, encourages radio stations to play music outside the mainstream, and to work in collaboration with any association or entity that shares our goals and vision towards the advancement of roots music.

Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA)
Goals of the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) include preserving the traditional spirit and art form of bluegrass music, offering a management service for bluegrass festivals everywhere, organizing bluegrass band competitions, and encouraging the support of various bluegrass publications and associations.

National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA)
A non-profit organization dedicated to keeping acoustic rural country music alive everywhere

World Folk Music Association (WFMA)
The World Folk Music Association (WFMA) is dedicated to promoting contemporary and traditional folk music, spreading the word to fans and folk artists, and keeping everyone in the folk community involved and informed.

Like our other lists, this list is alphabetized and the order does not imply preference.

Resources: List of music associations

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