Welcome to the International Country Music Conference


The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) provides scholars an opportunity to share their work in all aspects of country music. ICMC broadly defines country music to include variants which share common historical and cultural roots ranging from Americana, alt.country, Bluegrass, Cajun, Country Rock, Crossover, and Honky Tonk to the Nashville Sound, New Traditionalist, Old Time Country, and Western Swing. ICMC is truly international with scholars from Australia, Austria, Canada, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Japan, Norway, and the United Kingdom participating.

ICMC 2018

The 35th annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning Thursday 31 May through Saturday 2 June 2018 in the in the Frist Lecture Hall of the Gordon E. Inman Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row.

Nashville Skyline
Downtown Nashville

ICMC Features

Left to Right: James Akenson, Rolling Stone Editors Joe and Jon Freeman, David Cantwell, Tamara Saviano, and Don Cusic

ICMC 2017 Award Winners

Tamara Saviano is the Honoree for theBelmont University Country Music Book of the Year Award. David Cantwell is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Award for Excellence in Country Music Journalism. Pictured Left to Right: James Akenson, Rolling Stone Editors Joe and Jon Freeman, David Cantwell, Tamara Saviano, and Don Cusic.


Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark

2017 Belmont Book Award

Tamara Saviano was honored with the Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year Award for Without Getting Killed or Caught: The Life and Music of Guy Clark.

International Country Music Journal

International Country Music Journal

The International Country Music Journal (ICMJ) 2017 is now available and edited by Dr. Don Cusic of Belmont University. The 2017 ICMJ features a wide variety of articles including to Andrew Smith's discussion Slim Dusty and the Australian Bush Ballad Although an official function of ICMC, the ICMJ accepts manuscript submissions from scholars and others from throughout the world regardless if they have attended and presented at ICMC or not. ICMJ is available from Amazon.com. Persons interested in submitting manuscripts for ICMJ should contact Don Cusic at don.cusic@belmont.edu for guidelines.

Past Award Winners