Canadian Country Music Association Membership Policy

As of February 3, 2017


The Canadian Country Music Association (CCMA) 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.

Section 6 of the current CCMA New General Operating By-law No.1 formally provides the structure around the CCMA Board-approved CCMA Membership Policies that are detailed below in this document. (See APPENDIX A). This policy was approved by the CCMA Board of Directors on January 21, 2015.

Membership Eligibility

In order to qualify for a CCMA Membership, you must be directly and substantially involved in the country music industry and be a member of at least one or more of the twenty (20) following categories.


  • Artist
  • Artist Manager
  • Association
  • Booking Agent
  • Consultant
  • Festival
  • Media
  • Music Publisher
  • Musician
  • Producer
  • Public Relations/Publicity/Marketing
  • Radio
  • Record Company
  • Recording Studio
  • Retailer
  • Services
  • Songwriter
  • Talent Buyer/Promoter
  • Television/Video
  • Venue









The CCMA has one level of membership, referred to as “Industry Membership,” which is considered to be a Class A Member as outlined in Section 6 of the CCMA New General Operating By-law No. 1.

A CCMA Membership is held by the individual for whom it is purchased. CCMA Memberships are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Membership Dues

Membership Category

1 Year

2 Year (10% discount)

5 Year (15% discount)





*Plus applicable taxes based on the member’s province/country of residence.

Membership Period

The CCMA Membership year starts on May 1 and ends on April 30. All CCMA Memberships expire on April 30 at 11:59 p.m. ET at 1 year, 2 year, and 5 year increments based on the number of years purchased.

Renewing Members

Current CCMA Members (members) can renew their membership for the upcoming membership period as early as 3 months prior (February).  

A current member who is renewing their membership is still required to meet the minimum eligibility requirements (see Membership Eligibility, page 1). The CCMA Membership Committee has the authority to decline the renewal of a membership if the member no longer meets the eligibility requirements.

New Members

In addition to meeting eligibility requirements (see Membership Eligibility) all new applicants for membership are required to provide two (2) music industry references.

An applicant is admitted to the membership by resolution of, and approval by, the CCMA Membership Committee. If the applicant does not meet the minimum membership criteria the Membership Committee may decline the application for membership. The CCMA Membership Committee may take up to ten (10) business days to review an application for membership.

The cost of membership is pro-rated monthly based on the date of purchase thus all memberships have the same expiry date of April 30. For example, a one-year membership purchased in August would expire on April 30 of the following year and the pro-rated cost would be $56.25 plus tax, reflecting only nine (9) months of membership.

Voting Rights: CCMA Awards

A member who has purchased and has a valid membership as of April 30 at 5:00 p.m. ET for the upcoming membership period, is entitled to one (1) voting right for all applicable CCMA Awards (see APPENDIX B for a list of applicable CCMA Award categories).

Voting Rights: CCMA Corporate Matters

A member, who has a valid membership prior to 48 hours of any eligible CCMA matter that requires membership voting, will be entitled to one (1) voting right.


A member may terminate their membership at any time by submitting a letter of resignation addressed to the Chair of the CCMA Board of Directors. The letter can be submitted by email to or via regular mail to: 120 Adelaide Street East, Suite 200, Toronto, Ontario, M5C 1K9.

The membership will be terminated upon delivery of the resignation letter to the CCMA Office.

Membership dues are non-refundable and non-transferable.

A membership may be terminated by the CCMA for any of the following:

  • In the event of the death of a member
  • Upon expiration of the membership
  • The member is expelled as a result of disciplinary action (see APPENDIX A)

Other Things to Know

  •  Every CCMA Membership is required to have a unique email address associated with it. Without a unique email address the member may forfeit their right to vote in the CCMA Awards Program.

  • Employees of any one organization may not hold more than four (4) percent of total eligible votes of the CCMA. This number is calculated annually on May 1 of the current membership period.
  • An organization may assign an administrator who will have the ability to renew multiple memberships at one time. This administrator has no other rights or the ability to change/edit the individual memberships.
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