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 2017

The 34th annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning Thursday 1 June through Saturday 3 June 2017 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 Nashville Editor Beville Dunkerly, Pete Finney, Michael Gray, and Don Cusic.

ICMC 2016 Award Winners

Peter Guralnick is the honoree for the 2016 Belmont Country Music Book of the Year Award. Pete Finney is the honoree for the Rolling Stone Chet Flippo Excellence in Country Music Journalism Award. Pictured, left to right: James Akenson, Rolling Stone Nashville Editor Beville Dunkerly, Pete Finney, Michael Gray, and Don Cusic.


Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll published by Back Bay Books

2016 Belmont Book Award

Peter Guralnick was honored with the 2016 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year for his book Sam Phillips: The Man Who Invented Rock 'n' Roll published by Back Bay Books.

International Country Music Journal

International Country Music Journal

The International Country Music Journal (ICMJ) 2016 is now available and edited by Dr. Don Cusic of Belmont University. The 2016 ICMJ features a wide variety of articles ranging from Patrick Huber's "Before 'The Big Bang of Country Music': Recording Hillbilly Music on Location Prior to the 1927 Bristol Sessions" to Andrew Smith's "Tex Morton: Australia's Country Music Pioneer." and Jim Clark's "For Sake of the Song: Townes Van Zandt." 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