The New Mexico Chapter is committed to providing opportunities for the expansion of Western music to a larger audience and introducing children and youth to this aspect of our Western culture. To accomplish this we propose to offer performance venues where artists can perform before a variety of audiences, education of the public via appearances at festivals and gatherings not normally associated with Western music, educational programs for schools, and development of internet resources to attract youth.
Quite simply, Western music is the folk music of the West.
Western music originates from roots in English, Scottish, Irish, and Welsh ballads, as well as the many musical influences from the immigrants who "went west." While "Cowboy" music is an important part of Western music, the stories of larger populations of Western culture are equally important. Settlers, farmers, ranchers, horsemen and women, soldiers, miners, gamblers, saloon keepers, school teachers, and other folk who inhabited the great American west are all subjects of modern day Western music.