Country Music Association [CMA]
- Rita H. Mead
- and Diane Pecknold
American organization founded in 1958 to promote country music as a genre. The CMA succeeded the Country Music Disc Jockeys’ Association, but unlike that organization, it was designed to represent all segments of the industry, with membership categories for publishers, artists, management, deejays, radio, records, trade publications, composers, and nonaffiliated professionals. These original eight categories have since grown to 17. The CMA’s initial goal was to increase radio and television airplay and advertising for country music, and it was greatly responsible for the commercial success of this kind of music in the 1960s and 1970s. Though briefly directed by former WSM executive Harry Stone, it was guided for the majority of its first three decades by Jo Walker-Meador, who served as executive director from ...