About CFMA

L’Association de musique française de Cajun est un organisme sans but lucratif composé de Cajuns et de non-Cajuns dont le but est de promouvoir et de préserver non seulement la musique cajun, mais également divers aspects du patrimoine acadien. Le CFMA a été fondé en novembre 1984 à Basile, en Louisiane, avec comme fondateur Harry LaFleur d’Eunice. Depuis ses débuts, soit moins de 30 personnes, le groupe compte environ 2 000 familles desservant sept chapitres en Louisiane et trois chapitres dans la région cajun du sud-est du Texas.

The Cajun French Music Association a non-profit organization 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, Louisiana in November of 1984 with Harry LaFleur of Eunice as its founder. Since its beginning of less than 30 persons, it has grown to a membership of approximately 2,000 families serving seven Chapters in Louisiana and three Chapters in the Cajun Region of Southeast Texas.


  Provides many financial opportunities for musicians by requiring that the CFMA National board and local chapters only hire Cajun bands for all of its festivals, meetings, and special events.

  Recognizes the contribution traditional Cajun musicians make towards the promotion and preservation of the Cajun French language and music by the annual presentation of the Le Cajun awards.

  Acknowledges the great contributions made by our senior musicians and community leaders through the presentation of Plaque Awards.

  Provides musicians with free access to health care information and screening through our ongoing cooperation with the Southwest Louisiana Area Health Education Center and it’s outreach work in affiliation with Health Care for Musicians.

  Sponsors Cajun music programming on KRVS the University of Louisiana public broadcasting station.

  Works in cooperation with other civic organizations, Lafayette Visitors and Convention Center, Music Matters, and the Acadiana Arts Council in an effort to gain a Grammy category that recognizes our indigenous music in SW Louisiana.

  The Lafayette Chapter of the CFMA is developing a database of musicians of all ages that will be given to local and state agencies and club owners in order to bring more exposure and more opportunities for jobs.


  Provides financial awards and scholarships to encourage young people who want to learn to play Cajun music or further their education.

  Master musicians are provided as mentors and teachers to one child selected from each chapter in what is known as the New Dawn Awards.

  Encourages children to learn and speak the French language through our support of the French Immersion programs in public schools and our French speaking contests that is held annually.

  Each CFMA chapter holds a queens pageant and selects a Queen to represent their chapter. These young women move forward in the public eye and develop poise, grace, public speaking skills as well as learn more about their culture and people.


  CFMA chapters conduct music and dance lessons for the public.

  CFMA chapters often hold jams that allow any musician, new, old, experience, novice to play, learn and enjoy the music.

  The CFMA chapter meetings are open to the public and provide a family environment for anyone who enjoys Cajun music.


Paula Fontenot