(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!  Membership is VERY affordable and most members feel that this.

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.

Do I have to live in the Midwest to become a member?

The short answer to this question is NO.  There are no official geographical “restrictions” to membership in our organization–however because most of our programming, membership, and resources exist to cultivate the country music community in the MIDWEST most members probably have some type of “tie” to the Midwest—perhaps they are from here or have a strong following in this area.  If members live/work in other parts of the country and want to retain membership that is perfectly fine.

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 and sign up for the newsletter.

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?

Absolutely.

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.