Country Music Association of Australia

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Country Music Association of Australia
Formation1992; 31 years ago (1992)

The Country Music Association of Australia (CMAA) is an association formed in 1992[1] that promotes and represents the Australian country music industry. As the peak national industry body, its activities include organisation, promotion and staging of the CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia, CMAA Australian College of Country Music, CMAA College Graduation Concert, CMAA Australian Country Music Achiever Awards, CMAA Golden Guitar Winners' Concerts and the CMAA Australian National Bluegrass Championship.[2][3] Additionally the association is involved in industry research, professional development and promotion. In January 2018, Dan Biddle took over as chair of the association.[4]


The first board of the CMAA was chaired by Slim Dusty, with vice chairman John Williamson, secretary Max Ellis, treasurer Joy McKean and public officer Phil Matthews. Other members were Ron Adsett, Wally Bishop, Lindsay Butler, Allan Caswell, Rod Coe, Brett Cottle, Nick Erby, Meryl Gross, John Kane, Tim Kirkland, Anne Kirkpatrick, John McSweeney, Deniese Morrison, Dobe Newton, Norma O'Hara Murphy, John Spence and Brian Young.[5]


  1. ^ "About CMAA". Country Music Association of Australia. Archived from the original on 29 August 2007. Retrieved 3 December 2007.
  2. ^ Ellis, Max (November 2005). "How Tamworth became the country music capital". Australian Folklore (20): 245–255. ISBN 978-1-86389-785-3. ISSN 0819-0852.
  3. ^ Shedden, Iain (13 January 1999). "Too big for its boots". The Australian. p. 13. ISSN 1038-8761.
  4. ^ Craig, Haley (6 March 2018), "Dan Biddle takes the reins of Country Music Association of Australia", The Northern Leader, retrieved 25 January 2021
  5. ^ "How the CMAA was born". History of Country Music in Australia. Retrieved 18 March 2022.

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