Since its founding in 1898, the NFMC has grown into one of the world’s largest music organizations with club and individual members of all ages. The NFMC is chartered by the Congress of the United States, and is the only music organization member of the United Nations.
NFMC provides opportunities for musical study, performance and appreciation to more than 200,000 senior, student and junior members in 6,500 music-related clubs and organizations nationwide. Members are professional and amateur musicians, vocalists, composers, dancers, performing artists, arts and music educators, music students, generous music patrons and benefactors, and music lovers of all ages.
Dedicated to finding and fostering young musical talent, the NFMC conducts annual Junior Festivals with more than 117,000 participants. NFMC offers more than three quarters of a million dollars in state and national competitions, including four $15,000 biennial Young Artist awards, and the $10,000 Ellis Award for Duo-Pianists. The Young Artist and Ellis Duo Piano awards include two years of performance bookings.
Federation members work to create a dynamic musical and cultural environment in their communities through education and sponsorship of musical events. The Federation champions American music with awards and commissions. Federated States proclaim November American Music Month, in which the annual Parade of American Music focuses on programs of music by American composers. Awards are given annually to recognize educational institutions for their promotion and presentation of American music.
Other areas of Federation interest include:
- Sponsoring of National Music Week, the first week of May each year
- Support for legislation on bills affecting the welfare of musicians, music education and development of American musical life
- Recognizes and promotes outstanding American music and composers annually through programs such as American Music Month (November), Parade of American Music and Crusade for Strings
- Sponsors musical therapy programs in hospitals, nursing homes and prisons
- Provides opportunities for study and performance to musicians with disabilities and visual impairments
- Works with affiliated music and arts departments in hundreds of universities and colleges
- Promotes community awareness, support and involvement in the performing arts including opera, dance and poetry
- Campaigns for higher standards in church, radio and television music
- Encourages songs of our heritage through a Together We Sing program
- Aids and encourages music education in schools, public and private