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International Country Music Conference Celebrates 25th Year

Conference to Be Held at Belmont May 22-24
The 25th Annual International Country Music Conference (ICMC), co-chaired by James Akenson and Belmont Professor of Music Business Don Cusic, will be held on campus May 22-24. The annual conference is a premier event for country music scholars and enthusiasts alike, celebrating the diverse history of country music through educational and entertaining presentations and panels.
“The International Country Music Conference is the premier academic event for those studying and writing about country music,” said Cusic. “It is appropriate that ICMC is held at Nashville’s Belmont University. Chet Atkins, one of the ‘fathers’ of Music Row and the Nashville Sound, once said about country music, ‘they should study this in college.’ Well, now we do, and the ICMC is the center of that universe.”
Conference presenters span all facets of the country music community, including representatives from academic institutions, the media, historians, public libraries and the Country Music Hall of Fame.
Registration for ICMC is $100 and includes breakfast and lunch. Registration materials must be received by Fri., May 16. Checks should be sent to James Akenson, Box 5042, Tennessee Tech University, Cookeville, Tennessee 38505. For more information on the conference, including a complete schedule, visit

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