INTERNATIONAL WESTERN MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Purpose of the WMA
The Western Music Association is an organization that encourages and supports the preservation, performance and composition of historic traditional and contemporary music and poetry of The West
The Western Music Association and its chapters foster the professional growth of individual performing members. Our open membership policy encourages western music performers and fans to join and participate in the organization. The WMA publishes the quarterly "Western Way", the only professional magazine dedicated to the promotion of Western Music. The WMA website provides a central focus for Western Music performers and links to their individual websites. Inclusion on the website is one of the membership benefits for performing members. The WMA Youth Chapter was started to acquaint students with the musical heritage of the American West, from traditional trail songs, through the era of the movie cowboy, to contemporary western songwriting.
In large part, the WMA is responsible for the continuing popularity of Western Music. Articles on Western Music have appeared in national publications, including "Cowboys & Indians", "American Cowboy", "Cowboy" Magazine, "The Christian Science Monitor", and "Billboard", in many newspapers and regional publications in the United States and Canada, and in publications in Europe. Western Music can be heard on dedicated radio programs and in folk and country radio formats in the United States, Canada, and Europe, and the number of new CD releases in the genre is growing every year. One of the most effective ways of expanding the visibility and enhancing the reputation of Western Music and Poetry is through the annual WMA Convention. Through performances, workshops and seminars, WMA educates the public about Western Music and helps people understand and appreciate the contribution of Western Music to our culture.