(FAQ) Frequently Asked Questions
I’ve heard the Midwest CMO is a “non-profit”—is that true?
YES! The organization is a registered 501c3 non-profit—it was created this way for many reasons but primarily so that the mission and vision of the organization could always remain one that would ultimately always benefit the members and stakeholders of the organization, not any one individual. Furthermore, by establishing the org as a non-profit we are able to receive funding sources and grants that wouldn’t be available for a regular business.
Who do you serve?
We have 3 very important stakeholders that make up this organization: The artists, the business community, & the Fans! We need to make sure to provide programming and networking value to our artists members and give them a strong sense of pride in being a part of this special musical family. We need to create strong business partnerships with venues, record labels, sponsors, so that they can give us the resources and financial support to keep driving forward. We need to provide to the fans the best possible experience when it comes to embracing and loving country music in the upper Midwest.
How do I become a member?
Please see our membership page for all the details and to join now! The annual fee is very affordable and most members feel as though their membership is one of the BEST INVESTMENTS they make each year for their career.
What are some of the benefits of membership?
Our members work together to bring benefits to the entire organization. A few examples include discounts on equipment or services, collaboration, networking, industry contacts, workshops, resources, mentoring, booking and marketing opportunities. It’s an all volunteer, member driven organization.
What are the requirements to be a member?
Our mission is to serve as a conduit for Midwest artists & musicians to advance their craft and gain exposure while fostering a spirit of sharing and giving back in order to benefit our community. Our Award show, Syndicated Radio Show, live events and services exist to cultivate this community. This requires our members to have a significant connection to the Midwest, which could include living here now, being from here or touring frequently in the Midwest.
How do I stay up to date on Midwest Country Music Organization events?
Follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Instagram or visit our website. You can also sign up here for the monthly newsletter, which highlights our artists NEW MUSIC, LIVE SHOWS, NEWS, and more!
How can I hear all of the talented artists in the organization?
You can look up the Midwest Country Music Organization on Spotify, or visit the artist’s link in the directory.
Can I be a member if I’m an artist that is signed to a record label?
What does the leadership structure of the organization look like?
First of all this organization is 100% volunteer—which means that everything we do is being done WITHOUT a paid staff! We have a volunteer board of directors that drives the mission and vision of the organization on a daily basis. We have various volunteer positions that make up the Operational Committee which meets regularly to report activities to the board and to facilitate any required programming & activities of the organization. Finally we have a volunteer Advisory Board consisting of influential individuals that meets with the board of directors on a quarterly basis to discuss various ideas and/or issues/concerns within the Midwest CMO.