Since 1983 the World Folk Music Association (WFMA) has been dedicated to promoting contemporary and traditional folk music, and spreading the word to fans and folk artists -- keeping everyone in the folk community involved and informed.

The idea for WFMA began as a simple conversation between Dick Cerri, host of the popular and long running radio show, Music Americana, and singer/songwriter, Tom Paxton.  Both Paxton and Cerri agreed that there was a strong need to keep the people who loved folk music "in tune" with the folk scene.

That was in 1982.  Today the Washington, DC based WFMA is a non-profit, tax exempt 501(c)(3) organization with a mission to help folk artists and their fans keep the light of folk music burning brightly.

WFMA pulls together local and national artists for concerts and other special events that would not otherwise be availabe to folk fans -- in a way that supports the intimate nature of the folk tradition.

To keep its members informed about its activities, WFMA publishes a newsletter, FOLK NEWS.  In addition to WFMA activities, it features stories about and interviews with artists and songwriters, CD and tape reviews and information on where to buy the music you love.

Guiding the operations of WFMA are a governing Board and Officers:

You can help support WFMA by becoming a member of Friends of Folk Music, the support group for the World Folk Music Association.  In addition to the WFMA newsletter, members receive discounts on WFMA products, advance notice of WFMA sponsored events, and priority handling of ticket requests for selected WFMA events.

Find out how to become a Friend of Folk Music