International Western Music Association New Mexico Chapter
We are a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization.
Sponsorship opportunities and tax deductible donations help us promote the culture of the American West through music, poetry, literature and media by providing:
* Education and entertainment at special events
* Youth Scholarships for performer education camp and workshops
* Hosting for our International Western Music Association Convention in Albuquerque, New Mexico
Please visit our Donation page. where your documented donation may be offered. Thank You Very Much!
The International Western Music Association (IWMA) is an organization that encourages and supports the preservation, performance and composition of historic traditional and contemporary music and poetry of The West. Members are from the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Spain and Switzerland.
Western Music is the folk music of the Western life style and vista. Some Western Music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as musical influences from the European countries of immigrants who "went west" and some carries jazz and blues origins. While "Cowboy" music is an important part of the history of Western Music, the stories and lifestyles of the larger populations of Western culture are equally important: settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers and the women who accompanied them into the west, miners, opportunists, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other town folk who populated the great American West are all subjects of modern day Western Music.
The International 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 International 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 IWMA publishes the quarterly "Western Way", the only professional magazine dedicated to the promotion of Western Music. The IWMA 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 IWMA 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 IWMA 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 IWMA Convention. Through performances, workshops and seminars, IWMA educates the public about Western Music and helps people understand and appreciate the contribution of Western Music to our culture.
In August 1988, a group of Western Music performers and fans met in Las Vegas, Nevada to organize an association and present a festival. They incorporated the Western Music Association as an Arizona non-profit corporation in 1989 and the organization has had an annual gathering every November since then. Since its inception, the WMA has expanded to include twelve state and regional chapters, and it’s been among the forces that are responsible for the current popularity of Western Music around the world. In 2018, the corporation name was changed to the International Western Music Association to reflect that popularity and recognize Western Music and Poetry being performed in other countries.
The Western Music Association represents what is good and wholesome in our society. We all remember Roy Rogers and the other singing cowboys, and we’ve heard about the Code of the West. The IWMA strives to remind folks of this legacy. IWMA members represent the true cowboy image while providing exceptional family entertainment.
As a member of IWMA, you can also join and support a local chapter or donate your time and talent as a member of one of the many committees that work tirelessly to support the mission and goals of the Association.
Crisis Fund Committee
Hall of Fame Committee
Send inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org
Juni Fisher, Chairman
IWMA New Mexico Monthly Meeting
Meetings are held the third Sunday of every month beginning at 2 p.m. (MT) Vineyard Clubhouse, 6118 Edith NE, ABQ, NM 87107
Become a member or make a donation today!
IWMA New Mexico Secretary