Music video of Zac Brown Band performing “Out In The Middle” from “CMA Fest,” The Music Event of Summer. Relive #CMAfest – streaming now On Demand and on Hulu. “CMA Fest” aired Wednesday, August 3rd on ABC.
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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The Importance of Music
The importance of music for humankind is universally acknowledged. Yet no one has ever argued for or against its need. Even the ancient Greek philosopher Democritus, who defended the purity of music, thought that music arose out of superfluity. Rather, he argued that music is a reflection of the universe’s moral order – the way rhythm imitates the motion of heavenly bodies. This view of music has persisted, though it is gradually being weakened by the growth of psychological study of play.
Chinese music has traditionally been a complement to narrative and ceremony. Confucius assigned an important role to music, seeing it as a mirror to government. Music’s power to express human emotion has led to its widespread use in drama and ritual. Its emotional effect has also been exploited in popular culture, as it has become a powerful marketing tool, in advertising and psychotherapy. There are many other examples of the use of music in human society.
Despite its universal appeal, music is also a huge industry. The industry encompasses various aspects of music creation, distribution and consumption. Its multi-billion dollar market is fueled by the increasing consumption of music. Streaming and download services are responsible for the majority of the industry’s overall revenue. In the meantime, physical music sales are decreasing due to the popularity of streaming services. Music blogs are an excellent resource to stay updated on the latest trends and artists.