The Cajun French Music Association is a non-profit organization (501.C 3) comprised of Cajuns and non-Cajuns whose purpose is to promote and preserve, not only Cajun music, but also various aspects of the Acadian Heritage. The CFMA was founded in Basile, LA in November of 1984 with Harry LaFleur of Eunice as its founder. Since its beginning, by less than 30 persons, it has grown to a membership of approximately 2,000 families serving seven Chapters in Louisiana and three Chapters in Texas.
Most of the local members are grass roots Cajuns who wish to preserve their heritage by teaching the authentic Cajun language and the traditions of their Acadian ancestry. Chapters usually sponsor lessons on how to play Cajun fiddle, accordion, guitar and dance lessons. Most Chapters offer classes on how to speak Cajun French. Some members donate their time in classrooms to help teach pupils language and other cultural aspects of the Cajun culture. All Chapters sponsor local Cajun Music and Dance Festivals.
The National Governing Body is comprised of one board member from each chapter and serve to regulate and oversee the constitutional and by-law guidelines. This body sponsors the “Le Cajun” National Cajun Music Awards, held the 3rd weekend in August annually, in Lafayette, LA. In addition, the Governing Body sponsors many other National Projects in education, heritage, dance, monthly newsletters, Cajun French Music Association Hall of Fame and Museums, etc., which are on-going projects to preserve Cajun Culture.
The Chapitre de Lafayette (Lafayette Chapter) meets the 1st Thursday of each month at LaPoussiere in Breaux Bridge, LA. The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. and ends at approximately 9:00 p.m. Cajun music is played exclusively at all CFMA functions. Food is provided, usually through a Pot Luck Supper, where each member is asked to bring a dish to share.
If you would like to join the Chapitre de Lafayette, just fill in this form and send a check or money order for $15.00 per family in the continental U.S. ($20.00 outside) to: Chapitre de Lafayette, P.O. Box 90326, Lafayette, LA 70509.
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CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION Dedicated
to Promote & Preserve Cajun Music & Culture
CAJUN FRENCH MUSIC ASSOCIATION
Dedicated to Promote & Preserve Cajun Music & Culture