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 2015

The 32nd annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning Thursday 21 May through Saturday 23 May 2015 in the in the Massey Business Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row. Wednesday 20 May from 5:00-8:00pm will be the pre-conference social in the Commodore Room of the Holiday Inn, Vanderbilt. Come join in for a tasting of Calfkiller Brewing Company (Sparta, TN home and final resting place of Lester Flatt), multiple book launch, picking, and socializing. ICMC pickers will be featured from 9:00-10:00pm in the Commodore Lounge as part of Singer-Songwriter night.

Nashville Skyline
Downtown Nashville

ICMC Features

Johnny Cash: The Life published by Little Brown

2014 Belmont Book Award

Robert Helman was honored with the 2014 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year for his biography Johnny Cash: The Life published by Little Brown.

International Country Music Journal

International Country Music Journal

The International Country Music Journal (ICMJ) 2014 is now available and edited by Dr. Don Cusic of Belmont University. Like the International Country Music Conference (ICMC), the ICMJ is truly international as evidenced by ICMC presenters Lise Meling (Norway), Kenichi Yamagutchi (Japan), and Chris Wilson (Canada). Linda Daniel’s discussion of "Myrna Lorrie: A Canadian Country Music pioneer" is an excellent contribution to the 2014 ICMJ. Don Cusic’s article "The Beatles and Country Music" adds an unexpected international twist to the country music literature. 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