Welcome to the International
Western Music Association

Promoting the Music & Poetry of the
American West for over 30 Years!

The International Western Music Association is an organization that encourages and supports the preservation, performance and composition of historic traditional and contemporary music and poetry of The West. Members are from the United States, Australia, Canada, England, Spain and Switzerland.

Western Music is the folk music of the Western life style and vista. Some Western Music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as musical influences from the European countries of immigrants who "went west" and some carries jazz and blues origins. While "Cowboy" music is an important part of the history of Western Music, the stories and lifestyles of the larger populations of Western culture are equally important: settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers and the women who accompanied them into the west, miners, opportunists, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other town folk who populated the great American West are all subjects of modern day Western Music.


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Western Way

Western Way Magazine

The Western Way is the leading publication in the nation for Western Music fans and performers.

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Western Music Events

Current Events

Local Western Music and Poetry Gatherings, Western Swing Festivals, Music Camp for adults and youth and our annual gathering and awards show in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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