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They called it hillbilly music back then. Folk Music. Mountain Ballads. Western music. Western Swing. Today its called Country Music. Over the years, people in this genre of music got together to work together and in their own way, promote the music they were a part of. Whether international in scope or just for the local entertainment, they all have one thing in common - country music.

Here are some of the organizations we've found dedicated to preserving or promoting some aspect of country or western music in some way or another.

 
Organization / Association

Academy of Country Music (ACM)
 

Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame 
Pine Bluff, AR

BC Country Music Association 
 

Birthplace of Country Music Alliance (BCMA)
Bristol, TN

Black Country Music Association 
Houston, TX

Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Association Of NJ Inc. 
 

Bluegrass Anonymous (BA)
Louisville, KY

Bluegrass Association of Maine (BMAM)
Biddeford, ME

Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU)
West Newton, MA

British Archive of Country Music (BACM)
Dover, Kent, UK

California Bluegrass Association 
Wilseyville, CA

California Country Music Association (CCMA)
Pasadena, CA

Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)
Woodbridge, ON

Central New York Bluegrass Association (CNYBA)
Baldwinsville, NY

Colorado Country Music Hall of Fame (CCMHOF)
Aurora, CO

Connecticut Country Music Association (CCMA)
East Hartford, CT

Country Legends Association (CLA)
Duluth, MN

Country Music Assocation (CMA)
Nashville, TN

Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA)
Drummoyne NSW Australia

Country Music Association of Nevada (CMAN)
Las Vegas, NV

Country Music Association of Ontario (Canada) (CMAO)
Toronto, ON

Country Music Association of Rhode Island (CMA of RI)
Johnston, RI

Country Music Club of Athens (CMCA)
Athens, Greece

Country Music DJ Hall of Fame (CRB)
Nashville, TN

Country Music Foundation (CMF)
Nashville, TN

Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum 
Nashville, TN

Country Radio Broadcasters (CRB)
Nashville, TN

Desert Bluegrass Association (DBA)
Tucson, AZ

Down East Country Music Association (DECMA)
ME

European Country Music Association (ECMA)
Palafrugell - Spain

George D. Hay Foundation 
Mammoth Spring, AR

Georgia Music Hall of Fame 
Macon, GA

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Association (HSGA)
Kailua, HI

International Bluegrass Association (IBMA)
Owensboro, KY

International Country Music Association (ICMA)
 

Kentucky Country Music Association (KCMA)
West Paducah, KY

Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum 
Renfro Valley, KY

Maine Country Music Association (MCMA)
P.O. Box 786, Westbrook, ME 04098

Manitoba Country Music Association (MCMA)
Winnipeg, MB

Maritime Fiddlers Association (MFA)
 

Massachusetts Country Music Awards Association (MCMAA)
Abington, MA

Michigan Country Music Hall of Fame 
 

Minnesota Steel Guitar Association 
 

Nashville Songwriters Foundation and Songwriters Hall of Fame (NSFNSHOF)
Nashville, TN

National Traditional Country Music Association (NTCMA)
Anita, IA

New Brunswick Country Music Hall of Fame (NBCMHOF)
Fredericton, NB Canada

New England Country Music Club (NECMC)
Uxbridge, MA

New England Country Music Hall of Fame 
Watertown, MA 02472

New England Country Music Organization (NECMO)
Pepperell, MA

New Hampshire Country Music Association (NHCMA)
Kingston, NH

New Jersey Country Music Association (NJCMA)
Hackensack, NJ

New York Metropolitan Country Musica Association (NYMCMA)
 

New York State Old Tyme Fiddlers Assocation (NYSOTFA)
Osceola, NY

Nishna Valley Bluegrass Association 
Shenandoah, IA

North America Country Music Associations, International (NACMAI)
 

Northern Illinois Bluegrass Association (NIBA)
Sycamore, IL

Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association (NIBA)
Fort Wayne, Indiana

Northwest Steel Guitar Association (NWSGA)
Mead, WA

Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame (NSCMHOF)
Liverpool, NS Canada

Ottawa Valley Country Music Hall of Fame 
Ottawa, Ontario Canada

Ozark Steel Guitar Association (OSGA)
 

Pedal Steel Guitar Association (PSGA)
Floral Park, NY

Pine Tree State Country Music Association (PTSCMA)
Springvale, ME

Santa Clara Valley Fiddler's Association (SCVFA)
 

Seattle Western Swing Music Society 
Seattle, WA

Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA)
Kirksville, MO

South Dakota Country Music Hall of Fame (SDCMHOF)
Garretson, SD

Steel Guitar Hall of Fame 
St. Louis, MO

Tennessee Country Music Association (TCMA)
 

Texas Country Music Hall of Fame (TCMHOF)
Carthage, TX

Texas Western Swing Hall Of Fame 
Austin, TX

Virginia Country Music Association (VCMA)
Virginia Beach, VA

Western Music Association (WMA)
Tucson, AZ

Western Swing Society 
Sacramento, CA