The Cajun Music Association of Louisiana, Inc., is a non-profit (501-C3) organization comprised of musicians and non-musicians of Cajun and non-Cajuns whose sole purpose is to promote and preserve Cajun Music and culture wherever possible. The CFMA was founded and chartered in November 1984 by Harry LaFleur of Eunice, LA. Since its’ beginning with a handful of people, chapters have been established in cities of Eunice, Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Lake Charles, Houma, Lafayette, and New Iberia, LA as well as Gulf Coast, Houston, and San Antonio, TX. Associate chapters are in the process of being formed in other states as well.
We have various projects such as conversational Cajun French classes, Cajun dance lessons, Cajun Music lessons and Cajun Choir. Our annual Cajun Music and Food Festival, held on the third weekend of July, is a roaring success and has made the “Top Twenty Events list of the Southwest Tourism Society”. We also hold a “Miss Cajun Music Pageant” a week prior to our Festival. The Chapter has a Mardi Gras Krewe named Krewe de Les Cajuns, a dance troupe named Les Bon Temps Danseurs, and a Cajun choir. We also have recorded an album with fourteen bands on it.
We have donated over $11,000 to an endowment at McNeese State University with the proceeds going towards a scholarship yearly. We also present two scholarships to a boy and a girl each semester. We donate yearly to schools in our area that offer French classes.
We are currently in our building at 3481 East Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles, which we are still doing work on, that will house our offices and our Hall of Fame as well as become a Cajun Museum.
We are a very active hardworking group of people who are welcoming our new members to become active in what we consider a very worthwhile cause, to preserve our Cajun heritage.
The annual cost of membership is $20. If you would like to become a member, and support the mission of the Cajun French Music Association, please download the application using the link below.