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, and the United Kingdom participating.

ICMC 2014

The 31st annual International Country Music Conference will be held beginning Thursday 22 May through Saturday 24 May 2014 in the in the Massey Business Center at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee at the south end of Music Row. Wednesday 21 May from 5:00-8:00pm will be a new pre-conference feature in the Vanderbilt 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

L to R: James Akenson, Honoree Diane Diekman, and Don Cusic

2013 Belmont Book Award

Diane Diekman, shown with James Akenson (L) and Don Cusic (R) was the 2013 Belmont University Country Music Book of the Year honoree for The Life of Marty Robbins: Twentieth Century Drifter published by the University of Illinois Press.

ICMC presenters Linda Daniel (Canada) and Vincent Cherre’ (France)

International Country Music Journal

The International Country Music Journal (ICMJ) has been launched under the editorship of Dr. Don Cusic of Belmont University. Like the International Country Music Conference (ICMC), the ICMJ is truly international as evidenced by ICMC presenters Linda Daniel (Canada) and Vincent Cherre’ (France). Cherre’s discussion of “The Real Place of Appalachia in Bluegrass Music” is featured in this inaugural ICMJ. 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