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Purposes of the Association
To act as an educational medium for the promotion and development of high standards of music criticism
in the press, broadcast media, and other technologies that disseminate information involving musical events;
To hold meetings and symposia at which discussion, criticism, and an overall exchange of ideas occur;
To increase general interest in the music of past and present by the reading and listening populations of
The Music Critics Association of North America is a member of the National Music Council, which was formed in 1940 to provide a forum for the discussion of the country's national music affairs, to act as a clearing house for the joint operation and decisions of its members, and to work as a force to strengthen the importance of music in our society and culture. The Council has a membership of 50 national music organizations encompassing every form of professional and commercial music activity.