A website dedicated to preserving and promoting the history of Australian
country music.

Country Music
The Music Of
Our Country

The Story of Australian Country Music

A Tribute to Buddy

A Tribute to Jimmy

A Tribute to Reg

A Tribute to Shirley

A Tribute to Slim

– Slim, Chronicler of the Bush

A Tribute to Smoky

A Tribute to Tex

– Tex Morton White Guitars

A Tribute to The McKean Sisters

Arch Kerr – pioneer record producer

Australia's College of Country Music

Bicentennial Concert 1970

The Big Golden Guitar

Birth of the Golden Guitars

Brief History of the Golden Guitar Awards

Brief History of Star Maker

The Buddy Bishop Story

Country Music Capital Meets Music City

Country Music Hands of Fame

Country Music Media

Country Music Roll of Renown

First The Song

Golden Guitar Memories

Golden Guitar Pioneers

Golden Guitar Winners Tally

The Gympie Muster

The Hadley Records Story

History of the College of Country Music

How the CMAA Was Born

How Tamworth became Country Music Capital

How the College of Country Music Works


The John Minson Story


Minson Memories

Narrative! Narrative! Narrative!

Origins of the Tamworth Country Music Festival

Radio Ranch & Spurs

Ross Murphy

Sources and Resources

Stairway to Stardom

The Story of Maton Guitars

Tamworth, We've Done Us Proud

What is Country Music

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Email info@historyofcountrymusic.com.au


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How the CMAA was born

The Country Music Association of Australia was formed late in 1991. This followed a decision by the then organizers of the Australasian Country Music Awards, (Radio 2TM) to discontinue the traditional Awards night, started in 1973. Instead Golden Guitars were to be presented at a number of different venues during the Festival.

This actually occurred in January 1992 and was deemed a failure by the industry. The decision to change the format was taken by 2TM (through it's subsidury BAL Marketing) without consultation with the industry. Artists, record companies, songwriters and other industry people were incensed by the change to our long established ”night of nights”.

A small group comprising Slim Dusty, John Williamson, Joy McKean, Phil Matthews and Max Ellis decided to start a an organization which would fight for the interests of the Australian country music industry particularly in regard to the Awards.

The Country Music Association of Australia was launched in Tamworth in January 1992 with Slim Dusty at Chairman, John Williamson as Vice Chairman, Joy Mckean as Treasurer, Max Ellis as Secretary and Phil Matthews as Public Officer.  A Board of 18 industry members was appointed. Funding was generated by a huge concert at the Rodeo Arena in January 1992 with virtually all the industry’s major artists performing for free. It raised over $40,000.  In addition APRA gave a $10,000 grant as well as legal assistance.

By June 1992 the CMAA had achieved it’s first of many achievements. After lengthy negotiations, Radio 2TM generously agreed to hand over the Awards with out charge to the new body. The CMAA was underway.

These were the principles upon which it was established:

  Objects of the Country Music Association of Australia

• To encourage, develop and promote Australian Country Music.

• To represent and protect the interests of all sections of the Australian country music industry.

• To organise and stage activities which will contribute to the maintenance and growth of Australian Country Music industry in this country and abroad.

• To promote knowledge of, interest in and respect for the heritage of Australian Country Music and the people who create and perform it.

• To undertake or support an activity or program which will ultimately serve to fulfill the objects detailed above.

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