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Founded in 1958, the Country Music Association (CMA) is the premier trade association of the Country Music industry. Representing professionals making a living in Country Music globally, the organization serves as a critical resource of support and information, honors excellence in the genre and provides a forum for industry leadership. CMA is dedicated to expanding Country Music around the world through a number of core programs and initiatives including the organization’s three annual television properties—the CMA Awards, “CMA Fest” and “CMA Country Christmas,” all of which air on ABC. The organization’s philanthropic arm, the CMA Foundation, works tirelessly to provide equitable access to music education in order to create impactful change for students and teachers across the United States.

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What Is Music?

Music is an art of combining and expressing sounds that follow certain ideas and emotions in a meaningful way. This can be seen in the musical instruments used, melody, harmony and rhythm. It can be played in many ways, including live performances and recording. Music is also a medium for communicating messages to an audience and can even be used as an emotional language.

Musical styles vary and can even cross genres, as is the case with Jazz or Classical-Rock. Artists and composers are often on the lookout for new forms of expression and push the boundaries of what is accepted by their respective genres. For example, the classical symphony grew into a modern art form with the work of composers such as Gustav Mahler and Dmitri Shostakovich. Likewise, the avant-garde compositions of Claude Debussy experimented with Eastern music and the whole-tone scale, and the Hungarian composer Bela Bartok fused folk music with twentieth century forms.


Music producers have an encyclopedic knowledge of today’s formats, genres and sounds. They know how to record and use the latest gear and are up to speed on the technical details of today’s audio software. They can help place microphones, work the soundboard and even play as a musician, if necessary. They are also up to date on the newest artists and can sift through massive amounts of online music and data to find talent. They are responsible for finding and signing new musicians, as well as promoting and marketing their music.

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