Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA)

Categories: Associations


120 Adelaide Street East, Suite 200
Toronto, ON, M5C 1K9

Phone: (416) 947-1331
Fax: (416) 947-5924



The Canadian Country Music Association is a membership-based, not-for-profit organization committed to the promotion and recognition of Canadian country music. Built upon the foundation to educate, elevate and celebrate Canadian talent, the CCMA progressively heralds the spirit, community and creativity that country music fosters.


Since 1976, the CCMA has been committed to ensuring the growth and development of the Canadian country music industry. Through education, communication, information, promotion and recognition, the CCMA offers members these advantages in an increasingly competitive environment. Core to these efforts is Country Music Week. It is the focal point for our organization and members, providing professional development opportunities, showcasing slots, and an opportunity to heighten awareness and increase exposure for Canada's country artists.

Originally founded as the Academy of Country Music Entertainment in September 1976 during an "RPM Magazine" function, the first Board of Directors under President Hank Smith set out to organize, promote and develop a Canadian country music industry, which included the founding of Country Music Week.

The very first Awards presented in coordination with Country Music Week were the RPM Big Country Awards. It wasn't until 1982 that the Association inaugurated its very own Canadian Country Music Association Awards.

In 1987, the Association's name was officially changed to the Canadian Cou...