About Us

The CMAA Academy of Country Music is for Singers, Performers, Songwriters and Instrumentalists who would like to quickly jump to the next stage in their country music career. The Academy bridges between your existing learning and experience and a professional career. 

The Academy has been operating since 1997, mentoring  and nurturing the careers of hundreds of young performers from every corner of Australia and New Zealand. The Academy runs courses to suit any age group or skill level. The fee includes all accommodation, tuition and meals for the duration of the course.  Travel is at the expense of the student.

Senior Singer/Songwriter Course

Applications Open Now For 2019 – Closing October 30th 2018

A 14 day residential singer/performer/songwriter course for students aged 18 years and over.

Course Fee $3300 inc GST

Senior Instrumentalist Course

Applications Open Now For 2019 – Course Dates January 5th -18th

A 14 day residential course for musicians aged 18 years and over

Course fee $2750 inc GST


Junior Singer/Songwriter/Musician course

Applications Opens Now For 2019 – Course Dates July 6th-13th 2019

An 8 day residential course for singer/performer/songwriter/musician students under 18 years accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Course fee $2500 incl GST

This course includes all your accommodation, meals and tuition. Workshops, mentoring, one-on one songwriting, career building and performances all under the leadership of Award winning country music professionals. Includes a comprehensive Parent course in managing your talented child.


  • The Junior Academy in 2019 will be held in July during the 2019  ‘Hats Off  To Country’ Festival.
  • The Junior Academy has been extended to an 8 day course and a parent is included in the course. This 8 day course is for those students who are at the beginning of their Country music career.
  • All Academy of Country Music courses will have two concert events in front of a live audience during your stay.

Whether you’re a singer, songwriter or instrumentalist and whatever your age or skill level if you’re committed to a career in Australian Country Music, you will benefit by taking part in the Academy.

The Academy is unique.

The Academy is the premier programme for emerging country music artists  in Australia. There is a very long list of successful country music artists who owe some of their success to their time at Academy.

The Country Music Industry in Australia today presents a huge range of opportunities for artists songwriters and musicians. It is highly organised and provides pathways and stepping stones to a career from your very early beginnings to your full-blown career on stage. Attending the Academy and creating relationships within the Industry is the ideal way to get your career moving forward.

Countless Academy graduates are now successful performers, songwriters, and musicians in Country Music and other genres with over 500 graduates from these courses. One of the features of attending the Academy is the bond of friendship that is created between the students and with the support staff. The phrase ‘friends for life’ is very true.

This is where it all starts!

The CMAA Australian Academy of Country Music focuses on enhancing your musical skills and creating opportunities for you to embark on your lucrative Country Music career.

The Academy

• Delivers an intensive residential environment tailored to meet the needs of the individual
• Delivers a proven road map for a successful career in country music
• Strongly encourages artistic creativity
• Provides skills specific to the Country Music genre in Australia and globally
• Educates, develops and stimulates artistic development
• Broadens the horizons and skill levels of participants via close interaction with the industry’s leading specialists
• Provides a centre for musical and learning excellence
• Is fun and inspiring
• Is ideal for industry networking

What does it involve?

The Academy delivers separate Senior and Junior courses based on the age and abilities of the student. The Senior Course concentrates on students who are over 18 and able to handle the rigours of a two week residential course, while the eight day Junior Course is open to students aged under 18 years accompanied by a parent or guardian who are at a more entry level in their career development. The Academies are held at the fully-equipped Calrossy residential School in Tamworth, NSW, Australia’s home of Country Music.

Successful applicants are required to travel to the venue in Tamworth at their own expense and participation will be subject to a course fee, which includes full board, accommodation and all tuition.