Academy of Country Music
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The Academy of Country Music (ACM) was founded in 1964 in Los Angeles,
California as the Country & Western Music Academy. Among those involved in Academy of Country Music
the founding was Eddie Miller and Tommy Wiggins, who joined Mickey and Chris Abbreviation ACM
Christensen. Formation 1964
Type Music organization
Headquarters Los Angeles, California, USA
2 Awards Chairman Sarah Trahern
3 See also Website www.acmcountry.com
5 External links
Whereas the Country Music Association, founded in 1958, was based in Nashville, the Academy sought to promote country
music in the western states. During the early 1970s, the organization changed its name to the Academy of Country and
Western Music and finally to the Academy of Country Music (ACM) to avoid confusion about whether the organization was a
music school.  As such, its early membership was largely composed of those country performers based in the west. This is
evidenced by the early awards shows being dominated by Bakersfield artists Buck and Bonnie Owens, and Merle Haggard.
At the first ceremony held in 1966, Buck Owens won Top Male Vocalist and Bonnie Owens won Top Female Vocalist.
Haggard was named Top New Male Vocalist, Kay Adams was named Top New Female Vocalist and Buck Owens' band, The
Buckaroos, was named Band Of The Year.
Main article: Academy of Country Music Awards
The most prestigious awards are for Artist of the Decade and Entertainer of the Year. There are a number of other awards to
recognize male and female vocalists, albums, videos, songs and musicians. The awards are typically presented in April or
May and recognize achievement for the previous year.
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1. ^ a b "Academy of Country Music - Mission" . acmcountry.com. Retrieved April 5, 2012.
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