Membership FAQs

Below are answers to several frequently asked questions about the ACM® and our events. If your question is not addressed here, please fill out the form below with your specific inquiry. For event updates, ticket on-sale dates and hotel information, fans can visit and sign up for the ACM Newsletter HERE. And for the latest music, upcoming virtual livestream concerts and performances, and easy access to artist merchandise visit ACM: The Hub – a one-stop-shop for quality curated content for Country Music fans everywhere!

For nearly 60 years, the Academy of Country Music has continued to improve lives by connecting fans, artists and the industry. Today, the ACM is dedicated more than ever to promoting new artists, artists on the rise and established superstars, while supporting the good work of charitable causes nationwide through ACM Lifting Lives, its charitable arm.

As a member, you have the ability to:

  • Participate in the ACM Awards process, including submissions for ACM Awards consideration, propose rule changes to the awards process, and for Voting Members only, vote for the ACM Awards
  • Connect through exclusive member-only panels, initiatives and programs

Member eligibility is limited to individuals and industry business organizations whose primary professional engagement is in the creation, production, promotion and distribution of country music. Membership approval is subject to the complete discretion of the Board.

A complete list of ACM Membership qualifications can be found here.

Membership applications take place on an annual basis typically October 1 through November 31. Payments must be received by December 31 to be eligible to vote in the awards process.The Academy will send e-mail reminders and invoices to the account executive assigned to oversee a corporate level or corporate company account with a current renewal date. Individual members will receive individual e-mail notifications of renewal to the e-mail address the membership department has on file.

If a member in good standing allows their membership to lapse in any given year, the member must reapply for membership to the ACM and will be subject to all current membership criteria, review, and board approval. A submissions date will be announced later this year.

Click here to sign up for a reminder once the 2022 member applications and renewals reopen.

Renewals of active memberships take place on an annual basis typically October 1 through November 31. Payments must be received by December 31 to be eligible to vote in the awards process.The Academy will send e-mail reminders and invoices to the account executive assigned to oversee a corporate level or corporate company account with a current renewal date. Individual members will receive individual e-mail notifications of renewal to the e-mail address the membership department has on file.

If a member in good standing allows their membership to lapse in any given year, the member must reapply for membership to the ACM and will be subject to all current membership criteria, review, and board approval. A submissions date will be announced later this year.

Click here to sign up for a reminder once the 2022 member applications and renewals reopen.

The ACM membership dues vary based on class. Individual memberships cost $100 annually. Corporate Account (non- record label) memberships range from $800 to $2,500 annually. Single Imprint Record Company Corporate memberships range from $2,500 to $7,500. Multi-Imprint Record Company Corporate memberships range from $11,250 to $23,000. For full details, please click here.

Renewals of active memberships take place on an annual basis typically October 1 through November 31. Payments must be received by December 31 to be eligible to vote in the awards process.

You can email [email protected] with any recommendations. Recommendations for 2023 membership must be submitted by October 1, 2022.

Please refer to the requirements question or click here for a complete list.

  • The ACM Board of Directors is currently comprised of 70 Directors and 3 Ex-Officio (non-voting) members
  • Each must be a member of the Academy to serve
  • Each position is either elected or appointed to serve a two-year term
  • Terms are staggered for annual elections
  • The authorized number of directors shall be no fewer than 15 and no more than 80 Directors

You may contact the Academy of Country Music Membership Department at [email protected] with any membership questions.