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About CMA:
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 a Music Producer?

Music production is the art of combining various elements of sound to create meaningful compositions. With modern technology, it is easier than ever to learn how to produce music and there are many great tools and resources available online that will help you get started.

Producers oversee the production of music, from the mixing stage through to final mastering. They are typically well-versed in all aspects of music production and are up to date on the latest formats, genres, sounds and technology. They may have a wide knowledge of instruments, recording techniques and equipment, and can often perform as a musician if needed.

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Rock and roll is an American music form that emerged in the 1950s from black gospel, country music and rhythm and blues. It is characterized by catchy guitar riffs, simple melodies and vocals with lyrics about social issues or personal experiences. Its popularity led to the creation of many iconic artists, from Bill Hayley and His Comets with their hits Rock Around the Clock and Moonlight Drive to Jerry Lee Lewis’s show-stopping piano playing.


The term jazz refers to a broad style of contemporary music that was first developed in the 1920s and 1930’s by African-American musicians who blended black gospel, blues and traditional folk music with European classical music. Jazz is distinguished by its improvisational nature, virtuosic performances and complex harmonic structure. In addition, jazz demonstrates a wide range of stylistic influences from bebop to hard bop and beyond.

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