Music Related Associations A-M

Academy of Country Music

6255 Sunset Boulevard - Suite 923
Hollywood, CA, 9008
(213) 462-2351, (213) 462-3253
Executive Director: Bill Boyd. Year Founded: 1964. Members: 4M Involved in numerous events and activities promoting country music. Presents annual awards. Board of Directors meet quarterly. Annual membership fee is currently $40. Members must earn a substantial portion of their income through country music or entertainment related fields. Annual Country Music Awards are televised nationally. Annual Celebrity Golf Classic. Publication: ACM Newsletter, Country Focus (monthly)

Accordion Federation of North America

11438 Elmcrest
El Monte, CA, 91732, (213) 686-1769
Executive Secretary: Peggy Milne
Members: 75
Members are primarily teachers and music school owners. The association's primary purpose is to encourage young people to pursue their music study.

Amateur Chamber Music Players

1123 Broadway Rm 304
New York, NY, 10002, (212) 645-7424
Chairwoman: Vane Wilson
Year Founded: 1947
Members: 4 million
A non-profit organization to provide a network for amateur players to come together to play for fun.

Amateur Organists and Keyboard Association

6436 Penn Avenue South
Richfield, MN, 55423, (612) 866-2025
President: Cran Bodine
Year Founded: 1972
Members: 5 million
Works to promote the playing of home organs and keyboards.

American Association for Music Therapy

P.O. Box 8002
Valley Forge, PA, 19484, (215) 265-400
Executive Director: Katie Hartley
Members: 700
Certified music therapists and schools offering music courses are represented.

American Choral Directors Association

Box 6310
Lawton, OK, 73506, (405) 355-8161
(405) 248-1465, Executive Director: Dr. Gene Brooks
This organization focuses on choral musicians from schools, colleges and other professional groups.

American College of Musicians

808 Rio Grande Street
Austin, TX, 78767, (512) 478-5775
President: Richard Allison
Grant degrees and diplomas to worthy musicians.

American Composers Alliance

170 West 74th Street
New York, NY, 1003, (212) 362-8900
Membership organization founded in 1937, representing over 300 American composers of concert music. Offers personal assistance for publishing, promotion, networking, licenses, contracts, royalties, copyrights and more. Grants the annual Laurel Leaf award for "distinguished achievement in fostering and encouraging American music".

Association for Independent Music (AFIM, formerly NAIRD)

PO Box 988
147 E. Main St.
Whitesburg, KY 41858, (606)633-0946
An association of independent labels and distributors, retailers, manufacturers, suppliers, and marketing and consulting firms which serve the global independent music community.

American Federation of Musicians of The U.S. and Canada

1501 Broadway - Suite 600
New York, NY, 1006, (212) 869-1330, (800) 762-3444, (212) 764-6134
President: Mark Massagli
Members: 200million
Supports the A.F.M. Tempo-Political Contributions Committee. Largest union of performing artists in the world. Collective bargaining and contract negotiations. Offices in Los Angeles, California and Ontario, Canada. Publication: International Musician (monthly)

American Federation of Radio and Television Artists

260 Madison Avenue - 7th floor
New York, NY, 1006, (212) 532-0800
Trade union representing 80,00 professional performers. Collective bargaining, contract administration, and legislative activities. Provides health and retirement benefits through the AFTRA H and R Fund, ERISA qualified multi-employer trusts funds. Affiliated with the AFL-CIO. Publication: AFTRA (Quarterly/Free)

American Federation of Violin and Bow Makers

288 Richmond Terrace
Staten Island, NY, 10301
Executive Director: William Monical
Year Founded: 1980
Members: 80
Strives to elevate professional standards of craftsmanship and ethical conduct among members. Helps members develop technical skills and knowledge.

American Guild of English Handbell Ringers

1055 East Centerville Station
Dayton, OH, 45459, (937) 438-005
Executive Director: Vic Kostenko
Year Founded: 1954
Members: 7.8 million
The organization for professional handbell ringers, holds seminars, conferences and publishes newsletters on the subject.

American Guild of Music

PO BOX 599
Warren, MI 48090
(248) 336-9388
Richard A Chizmadia, Contact
Members: 2,000
Sponsors competitions, music contests, concerts, teacher workshops and displays of musical instruments and music.

American Society of Music Arrangers and Composers

P.O. Box 11
Hollywood , CA, 9008, (213) 658-5997
Executive Secretary: Bonnie Janofsky
Members: 300

American Society of Music Composers;

P.O. Box 11
Hollywood, CA, 9008, (213) 658-5997
Represents arrangers and composers with the AFM. Educates the public to the function of arrangers and composers. Promotes interaction between members through social functions. Presents the Golden Score Award for outstanding achievement.

American Society of Music Copyists

Box 2557, Times Square Station, New York, NY, 10108
Secretary: Tony Finno
Year Founded: 1960
Members: 150
A professional society of music copyists.

American Symphony Orchestra League

777 14th Street, NW - Suite 500
Washington, DC, 2005, (202) 776-0224 (fax)
(202) 783-7228, President: Catherine French
Year Founded: 1942
Members: 5.3 million
Engages in extensive research on diverse facts of symphony orchestra operations and development.

Associated Male Choruses of America

P.O. Box 771
Brainerd, MN, 56401
Executive Secretary: Forbes H. Martinson
Year Founded: 1924
Members: 1.6 million
Cooperative organization of male choruses.

Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, Inc.;

P.O. Box 5757
7047 S. Cramden
Chicago, IL, 60680, (773) 752-2212
Cultivation of musicians in order to create music of a higher level.

Audio Engineering Society

60 East 42nd Street
New York, NY, 10165, (212) 661-8528
Promotes research and commercial interests of designers, manufacturers, buyers and users of professional and semi-professional audio equipment. Members from all areas of recording, radio, television, motion picture and other entertainment industries, engineers, technicians, educators and administrators. Annual trade shows display current makes and models of recording, reinforcement and related equipment. Publication: Journal of AESociety (10 issues per year).

Association of Concert Bands

6613 Cheryl Ann Dr.
Independence, OH, 44131-3718, (800) 726-8720
(602) 894-1986, Executive Director: Toni Ryon
Members: 750
Dedicated to the advancement of community and concert bands.

Big Band Academy of America

Milton Gerald Bernhart, Kelly Travel Service, 6565 West Sunset Boulevard
- Suite 516, Los Angeles, CA, 9008, (213) 463-4825 President: Milton Gerald Bernhart
Year Founded: 1983
Members: 500
Seeks to perpetuate the memory and sound of big bands and to introduce big band music to younger generations.

Canadian Music Educators Association

16 Royaleigh Avenue, Etobicoke, Ontario, Canada, M9P 2J5, (416) 244-3745
(416) 235-1833, Editor: Jane Atkinson
Advertising: Kay Millen
News, reviews, classroom techniques for the music educator. Developments in music education, national, provincial and from the International Society for Music Education.

Blues Foundation

49 Union Ave.
Memphis, TN, 38103, (901) 527-BLUE
(901) 529-4030, Exeuctive Director: Howard Stovall
Year Founded: 1980
The goal of this organization is to develop a blues awareness program to educate Americans and people worldwide on the historical and musical value of blues music. To promote an international multi-cultural awareness and appreciation of the music known as the blues. Encourages and rewards originators and presenters of the blues. Educates youth and general public about the blues. Supports and assists organizations engaged in the presentation, preservation and proliferation of the blues. Publication: Blues at the Foundation.

Broadcast Music, Inc.

320 West 57th Street
New York, NY, 1009, (212) 586-200
Performing rights organization. Represents 140,00 composers and publishers. Collects license fees for public performance of copyrighted music on radio, television, concerts and in health clubs, restaurants, nightclubs and other establishments that use music. Distributes royalties to members. Offices in Los Angeles, California; Nashville, Tennesee and London, England. Publication: BMI Music World.

Canadian Copyright Office

Canadian Intellectual Property Office, Industry Canada, Ottawa, Canada,
K1A 0C9, (819) 997-1936
Copyright applications and information brochures. Current fee for each copyright submission is $35.

Canadian Musical Reproduction Rights Agency

56 Wellesley West, Suite 320
Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5R 3J8, (416) 926-1966
Issues mechanical licenses on behalf of member publishers. Collects and distributes royalties. Equivalent to the Harry Fox Agency in the U.S.

Chamber Music America

545 Eighth Avenue, New York, NY, 1008, (212) 244-2772
(212) 244-2776, Membership Director: Daniel Myersberg
Editor: Chair W. Van Ausdall
Year Founded: 1979
Members: 5 million
A national membership organization serving everyone with an interest in the field. Its programs, service and benefits include direct cash grant awards, technical assistance, publication, directories, educational programs, conferences and workshops, insurance programs, awards, advocacy, surveys and other specialized services.

Chorus America

2111 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19103, (215) 563-2430
(215) 563-2431, Executive Director: Kenneth Garner
Year Founded: 1954
Members: 700
National service for orchestral choruses and independent choruses.

College Music Society

202 West Spruce Street
Missoula, MT, 59802, (406) 721-9616
(406) 721-9419, Executive Director: Robby D. Gunstream
Year Founded: 1958
Members: 4 million
The Society is a national service organization for college music teachers.

Composers Forum, Inc.

260 W. Broadway
New York, NY, 1002, (212) 941-8911
Helps composers gain recognition. Programs include concerts and composers services. Publication: Members Directory & Network News.

Concert Artists Guild

850 Seventh Avenue - Suite 1205
New York, NY, 1002, (212) 333-5200
Non-profit organization devoted to the career development of young classical artists. Recitals through annual auditions. Write for audition application.

Country Music Association

One Music Circle South
Nashville, TN, 37203, (615) 244-2840
Executive Director: Edwin Benson
Year Founded: 1958
Members: 7 million
Objectives of the organization are to guide and heighten awareness of Country Music to consumers and the media. To demonstrate Country Music as a viable medium to advertisers and other commercial users and to act as a forum for industry communication and interaction. Sponsors a variety of educational activities. 7,00 members vote annually to select the finest performers, singles and albums in twenty categories. Ceremony is televised in the United States and abroad.

Creative Audio and Music Electronics .

10 Delmar Avenue
Framingham, MA, 01701, (617) 877-4651
Non-profit organization of professional electronics equipment manufacturers. Dedicated to the development and progress of this expanding market.

Creative Music Foundation

P.O. Box 671
Woodstock, NY
(914) 338-7640
Sponsors and develops musical expression in all forms. Includes colloquia, workshops, seminars, residency programs, performances and artists management services. Publication: Outlook, The Creative Music Quarterly (free)

Folk Alliance International

510 S. Main
Memphis, TN 38103
(901) 522-1170
Members: 2500
Folk Alliance International exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts. The Folk Alliance seeks to strengthen and advance organizational and individual initiatives in folk music and dance through education, networking, advocacy, and professional and field development.

Gospel Music Association

1205 Division St.
Nashville, TN, 37203, (615) 242-0303
(615) 254-9755, Executive Director: Bruce Koblish
Year Founded: 1964
Members: 3.4 million
Since 1964, the GMA has been a widely recognized voice for gospel music in all its forms and variations, dedicated to providing leadership, direction and unity for all facets of the gospel music industry. Through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition, the GMA is striving to help those involved in gospel music to work together in furthering the cause of Jesus Christ.

Guild of American Luthiers

8222 South Park Avenue
Tacoma, WA, 98408, (206) 472-7853
Executive Director: Debra G. Olsen
Year Founded: 1972
Members: 2.1 million
Disseminates information on instrument building and repair.

Guitar and Accessories Music Association

38 West 21st Street - 5th floor
New York, NY, 1000 (212) 924-9175
(212) 675-3577, Executive Vice President: Jerome Hershman
Year Founded: 1930
Members: 45
Manufacturers of fretted and orchestral musical instruments and accessories, other than piano and band instruments.

Guitar Foundation of America

P.O. Box 878
Claremont, CA, 91711, (909)624-7730
Executive Vice President: Gunnar Eisel
Year Founded: 1973
Members: 2 million
Supports the serious studies of the guitar. Offers a guitar society, library, publisher, continuing education resource and arts council. Publication: Soundboard (quarterly)

Harry Fox Agency

c/o National Music Publishers' Association, 711 Third Avenue - 8th floor,
New York, NY, 1007, (212) 370-5330
Issues mechanical licenses on behalf of members. Collects from record companies and distributes to members. Issues synchronization licenses for many members.

Independent Music Association

317 Skyline Lake Drive
Ringwood, NJ, 07456, (201) 831-1317
President: Don Kulak
Year Founded: 1987
Members: 2 million
Seeks to increase radio play and distribution of independent labels. Publication: Soundtrack (Bi-Monthly)
Intercollegiate Men's Choruses
Wolford College, Music Department
Spartanburg, SC, 29301, (803) 597-4596
President: Victor Bilanchone
Members: 55
Promotes the research and production of quality music for male choruses.

International Bluegrass Music Association

207 E. 2nd St.
Owensboro, KY, 42303, (502) 684-9025
Executive Director: Dan Hays
Year Founded: 1985
Members: 1.6 million
Promotes unity within the bluegrass music industry.

International Clarinet Society/Clarinetwork International

P.O. Box 7683
Shawnee Mission, KS, 66207, (913) 381-0708
Membership Director: Elena M. Lance
Year Founded: 1990
Members: 3 million
Circulation: 300
Frequency: Quarterly
Price: $30
Seeks to focus attention on the importance of the clarinet and develop communication and fellowship between clarinetists.

International Computer Music Association

2040 Polk Street - Suite 330
San Francisco, CA, 94109
An international affiliation of individuals and institutions involved in the technical, creative and performance aspects of music. It serves composers, computer software and hardware developers, researchers and musicians who are interested in the integration of music and technology. Publication: Array (quarterly)

International Fan Club Organization

P.O. Box 40328
Nashville, TN, 37204-0328, (615) 371-9596
Clearing-house for fan clubs that assists in the planning, set up and operation of a fan club. Sponsors fan-artists tours and stages showcases for up and coming artists. Publication: International Fan Club Organization.

International Alliance of Women in Music

Washington, D.C., (202)994-6338
Non-profit organization devoted to expanding opportunities for women composers of serious music. Promotes members music through a Tri-annual newsletter, concerts, a radio series and advocacy activities. Sponsors an annual Search for New Music by women student composers. Publication: ILWC Journal

International MIDI Association

5316 West 57th Street
Los Angeles, CA, 9006
Executive Director: S.D. Westfall
Year Founded: 1983
Members: 2 million
Promotes and spreads information about electronically produced music. Provides technical support for hardware and software users of MIDI.

International Polka Association

4145 South Kedzie Avenue
Chicago, IL, 60632, (773) 254-7771
President: Fred Hudy
Year Founded: 1968
Members: 1.3 million
Educational organization concerned with the preservation and advancement of polka music.

International Rock'n' Roll Music Association, Inc.

P.O. Box 50111
Nashville, TN, 37205
Creates a complete reference for all aspects of rock'n' roll music. Publication: The Communique (bimonthly)

International Society of Folk Harpers and Craftsmen

4718 Maychelle Drive
Anaheim, CA, 92807, (714) 998-5717
Secretary: Sylvia Fellows
Conducts technical and artistic programs and promotes craft exchange.

International Steel Guitar Convention

9535 Midland Boulevard
St. Louis, MO, 63114, (314) 427-7794
President: Dewitt Scott, Sr.
Year Founded: 1971
Members: 2.5 million
Provides fans with entertainment from steel guitarists and various instruments including the bass guitar.

Jazz Interactions

P.O. Box 268
Glen Oaks, NY, 1100, (718) 465-7500
A not-for-profit, tax-exempt, educational membership-supported organization which exists to stimulate a greater awareness of jazz by providing jazz information and educational services to the New York metropolitan community. Publication: Jazzline (bi-weekly)

Jazz Player

Dorn Publications, Inc.
P.O. Box 206
Medfield, MA, 02052
An 80 page magazine for all jazz musicians. Technical information and news, regular feature columns including a play-along CD. Artists interviews, jazz history, creative improvisation, career managment and more. Published bi-monthly.

Jazz World Society

P.O. Box 777
Times Square Station
New York, NY, 10108-0777, (201) 939-0836 Non-Profit organization with 600 members including leading jazz personalities, artists, producers, agents, festivals, collectors, journalists and jazz enthusiasts. Publication: Jazz World Index & Jazz Business USA (bi-monthly)

Los Angeles Songwriters Showcase

P.O. Box 93759
Hollywood, CA, 900, (213) 467-7823
A twenty-two year old organization dedicated to helping songwriters refine their craft, understand the music business and reach industry professionals with their product. LASS also produces special musical events, seminars and classes on varying topics. Publication: Songwriters Musepaper (monthly)

Metropolitan Opera Guild

70 Lincoln Center Plaza - 6th floor
New York, NY, 1003, (212) 769-700
Managing Director: Rudolph S. Rauch III
Year Founded: 1935
Members: 100million
Seeks to promote greater understanding and interest in opera.

Music Alliance

1180 6th Avenue
New York, NY, 1006, (212) 730-9626
P.O. Box 341305
Los Angeles, CA 9004, (310)204-0827
Executive Director: Cheryl Bell
Encourages and promotes classical music to elementary schools.

Music Critics Association

7 Pine Court
Westfield, NJ, 07090, (908) 233-8468
President: Robert Croan
Improving standards of quality in the music industry to the broadcast media, magazine and newspaper industries.

Music Distributors Association

Hershman Musical Instrument Company, 38 West 21st Street - 5th floor,
New York, NY, 1000 (212) 924-9175
Executive Vice President: Jerome Hershman
Caters to suppliers and distributors of musical instruments.

Music for the Rights of Man

88 Central Park West
New York , NY, 1003, (212) 724-2952

Music Industry Conference

Music Educators National Conference
1806 Robert Fulton Dr.
Reston, VA, 22091, (703) 860-400
President: Carolynn Lindeman
Year Founded: 1923
Members: 300
Facilitates communication between Music Educators National Conference and the industry.

Music Library Association

8551 Research Way, Suite 180
Middleton, WI 53562, 608-836-5825
Contact: Jim Zychowicz
Promotes growth and establishment in the use of music libraries, musical instruments and musical literature.

Music Performance Trust Funds

1501 Broadway - Suite 202
New York, NY, 1006, (212) 391-3950
Trustee: Martin Paulson
Foundation allocates money for the promotion of black music and the general public. The concerts must be free of charge and have no admittance restrictions.

Music Publishers Association of the United States

205 East 42 Street
New York, NY, 1007, (212) 582-1122
Executive Director: Howard Wattenberg
Encourages understanding of the copyright laws and works to protect musical works against infringements and piracy.

Music Teachers National Association

441 Vine S. - Suite 505
Cincinnati, OH, 45202, (513) 421-1420
Executive Director: Gary Ingle
Professional society of music teachers. Bestows awards and sponsors competitions.

Musical Box Society International

Route 3, Box 205
Morganstown, IN, 46160, (812) 988-7545
Secretary/Treasurer: Marguerite Fabel
Collectors and dealers of antique musical boxes and other mechanical and automatic musical instruments from seventeen countries.

Musicians Foundation

200West 55th Street
New York, NY, 1009, (212) 239-9137
Executive Director: Brent Williams
Representing interests on the condition and social welfare of professional musicians and their families.

Musicians National Hot Line Association

277 East 6100South
Salt Lake City, UT, 84107, (801) 268-200
Executive Director: Marvin Zetting
Helping to increase the employment of musicians. Operates a telephone hotline, computer search file and newsletter to help musicians find bands and help bands find musicians. Publication: Hot Line News