Welcome to Chicago Music Association

was founded March 3, 1919 in order to provide a performance venue for classically- trained Black musicians who were traditionally denied access to major concert halls and opera houses throughout the country. In July, 1919, musicians from Washington, D. C., met with the newly-organized CMA in Chicago at Bronzeville’s historic Wabash Avenue Y.M.C.A. and organized the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM); CMA became the first branch.  CMA is in residence at South Shore Cultural Center and has been an arts partner with the Advisory Council of South Shore Cultural Center and The Chicago Park District since 2000.