Western Music Association
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History of the WMA

In August 1988, a group of western music performers and fans met in Las Vegas, Nevada to organize an association and present a festival. They incorporated the Western Music Association as an Arizona non-profit corporation in 1989 and the organization has presented the International Western Music Festival every November since then. Since its inception, the WMA has expanded to include several state and regional chapters, and it’s been among the forces that are responsible for the current popularity of western music around the world.

Purpose of the WMA

The Western Music Association and its chapters foster the professional growth of individual performing members. Our open membership policy encourages western music performers and fans to join and participate in the organization. The WMA publishes the quarterly "Western Way", the only professional magazine dedicated to the promotion of western music, and our website, provides a central focus for western music performers and links to their individual websites. Inclusion on the website is one of the membership benefits for performing members. Our Educational Outreach Program was started because we view it as important to acquaint students with the musical heritage of the American West, from traditional trail songs, through the era of the movie cowboy, to contemporary western songwriting.

In large part, the WMA is responsible for the continuing popularity of western music. Articles on western music have appeared in national publications, including "Cowboys & Indians", "American Cowboy", "Cowboy" Magazine, "The Christian Science Monitor", and "Billboard", in many newspapers and regional publications in the United States and Canada, and in publications in Europe. Western music can be heard on dedicated radio programs and in folk and country radio formats in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and the number of new CD releases in the genre is growing every year. One of our most effective ways of expanding the visibility and enhancing the reputation of western music is through the annual Western Music Festival, Conference and Awards Ceremony. Through performances, workshops, seminars and our answers to frequently asked questions, we educate the public about western music and help people understand and appreciate the contribution of western music to our culture.

Involvement in the WMA

The Western Music Association represents what is good and wholesome in our society. We all remember Roy Rogers and the other singing cowboys, and we’ve heard about the Code of the West. The WMA strives to remind folks of this legacy.

There are two ways for you to become involved: as a member of the WMA and as a sponsor. As a member, you may participate in or attend the annual Western Music Festival, where WMA members represent the true cowboy image while providing exceptional family entertainment. As a member, you might also choose to become part of our Educational Outreach Program, which takes the heritage and the music of the American cowboy to students.

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