In the 1980s, like-minded teachers, performers, songwriters, radio hosts, and parents who cared about the quality and content of children’s music established The Children’s Music Network (CMN) – a nonprofit association that now has members across the United States and Canada.
The Children’s Music Network celebrates the positive power of music in the lives of children by sharing songs, exchanging ideas and creating community. Their membership includes full-time and part-time performers, songwriters, classroom teachers, music educators, librarians, storytellers, record producers, distributors, broadcasters, parents, grandparents, and children. They sing, share, teach, write, play, perform, produce and enjoy children’s music. They are diverse in age, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, and culture. They welcome all musical styles.
They meet and stay in touch to share songs and ideas about children’s music, to inspire each other about the empowering ways adults and young people can communicate through music, and to be a positive catalyst for education and community-building through music.
Their chapters work to support the creation and dissemination of life-affirming, multicultural musical forms for, by, and with young people. CMN regional chapters all around the country organize both local and regional gatherings which are open to CMN members and non-members alike.