Country Music is quite favored by music lovers all over the world. In order to promote this particular genre of music associations and academies has been founded. One such academy is The ‘Academy of Country Music’ or ACM. ACM was established in 1964 in the city of Los Angeles in California. The initial name of the music organization was ‘Country & Western Music Academy. The change in the name of the organization was to ensure that the organization was not confused with that of a music school.
The pioneers of the academy included some famous musicians like Tommy Wiggins, Eddie Miller, Chris Christensen and Mickey Christensen to name some. The main aim behind establishing ACM was promotion of the music genre of country music in the thirteen states of the Western America. The support of the artists who were based out of the Western Coast played a key role in the foundation of ACM. Some of the influential artists were Roger Miller, Johnny Bond, Merle Haggard, Glen Campbell and others.
The earliest membership included those country performers who were based out of the West. However, when the genre of country music and western music finally blended in together, the geographical demarcation among the performing members also vanished eventually. Even though the organization was founded in 1964, the ball had finally started to roll only in 1965, once the board consisting of specified directors was conceived in order to govern and regulate the Academy. The organization is responsible for giving away the prestigious ‘Academy of Country Music Awards’.