The Country Music Association (CMA) was founded in 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee. Year 1958 ( MCMLVIII) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Tennessee ( is a state located in the Southern United States. It originally consisted of only 233 members and was the first trade organization formed to promote a music genre. The objectives of the organization are to guide and enhance the development of Country Music throughout the world; to demonstrate it as a viable medium to advertisers, consumers and media; and to provide a unity of purpose for the Country Music industry. Country music is a blend of popular musical forms originally found in the Southern United States and the Appalachian Mountains. However the CMA may be best known to most country music fans for its annual Country Music Association Awards broadcast live on network television each fall (usually October or November).
Initially, CMA's Board of Directors included nine directors and five officers. Wesley Rose, president of Acuff-Rose Publishing, Inc., served as CMA's first chairman of the board. Wesley Rose (born February 11, 1918 - April 26, 1990) was an American music industry executive and Record producer. Acuff-Rose Music was an American Music Publishing firm headquartered in Nashville Tennessee. Broadcasting entrepreneur and executive Connie B. Gay was the founding president.
Originally there were nine individual membership categories. The current 15 categories represent all facets of the music industry. Organizational memberships are also available. CMA membership is composed of those persons or organizations that are involved in Country Music, directly and substantially.
The first CMA Awards ceremony was held in 1967 in Nashville. The Country Music Association Awards, also known as the CMA Awards or the CMAs and not to be confused with the ACM Awards, are voted on by business members of the Country Year 1967 ( MCMLXVII) was a Common year starting on Sunday (link will display full calendar of the 1967 Gregorian calendar. Sonny James and Bobbie Gentry hosted the event, which was not televised. Sonny James (born James Loden on May 1, 1929 in Hackleburg Alabama) is an American Country music singer and songwriter Roberta Lee Streeter (born July 27 1944, Chickasaw County Mississippi) professionally known as Bobbie Gentry, is an American Singer-songwriter The winner of the first "Entertainer of the Year" award was singer Eddy Arnold. Richard Edward Arnold (known as Eddy Arnold) ( May 15, 1918  &ndash May 8, 2008) was an American Country music "Male Vocalist of the Year" went to Jack Greene and "Female Vocalist of the Year" to Loretta Lynn. Jack Greene (born January 7, 1930) is an American country Musician nicknamed the "Jolly Green Giant" and well known for Loretta Lynn (born Loretta Webb on April 14, 1934) is an American Country music Singer-songwriter; she was one of the leading
In 1968, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans hosted the awards, which were presented at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Year 1968 ( MCMLXVIII) was a Leap year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar. Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye) (November 5 1911 &ndash July 6 1998 was a singer and Cowboy Actor. Dale Evans was the Stage name of Frances Octavia Smith ( October 31, 1912 – February 7, 2001) a writer movie star The Ryman Auditorium is a 2362-seat live performance venue located at 116 Fifth Avenue North in Nashville, Tennessee, U (The ceremony was filmed and televised on NBC a few weeks later. The National Broadcasting Company ( NBC) is an American Television network headquartered in the GE Building in New York City's ) The first live telecast of the show was in 1969. Year 1969 ( MCMLXIX) was a Common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar of the Gregorian calendar.
Annual awards are given in the following twelve categories: Entertainer, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Horizon Award (similar to the "rookie of the year" award in sports), Vocal Group, Vocal Duo, Single, Album, Song, Music Event, Music Video, and Musician.
The CMA also gives a "CMA Broadcast Award" to country-formatted radio stations each year. Broadcast Awards are segmented based on market size, major market (Arbitron Ranking 1—25), large market (Arbitron Ranking 26—50), medium market (Arbitron Ranking 51—100) and small market (All other Markets). A single station cannot win the award in consecutive years.