The Michigan Federation of Music Clubs, in its Articles of Incorporation - adopted November 13, 1957 and filed with the state of Michigan on January 7, 1958 - states as its purpose: To bring into working relation with one another music clubs and other musical organizations and individuals directly or indirectly associated with musical activity, for the purpose of aiding and encouraging musical education and developing and maintaining high musical standards throughout the state of Michigan, the United States of American, and other countries.
The Michigan Federation of Music Clubs, is affiliated with the NFMC, the National Federation of Music Clubs. The National Federation of Music Clubs is a tax-exempt, non-profit, philanthropic and educational organization dedicated to music education and promotion of the creative and performing arts in America. The Federation is designated on the Official Roster of the United Nations, the only music organization thus accredited as a Non-Governmental Organization, and was chartered by the U.S. Congress on August 9, 1982. Detailed information can be found at the website of the NFMC. More information is also available on Facebook, FeedBurner, and twitter.
In the spring of 1916 members of the Tuesday Musicale Club of Detroit invited officers of the fourteen music clubs of Michigan to a meeting at the Statler Hotel. The purpose was to consider the idea of forming a "Federation of Musical Clubs in Michigan" as a part of the National Federation. It was then the national policy to appoint "Vice Presidents" even in states not federated. Mrs. F.W. Nichols of Houghton was appointed to represent Michigan for 1916. The National President, Mrs. A. J. Ochsner of Chicago, was among guests at this meeting and the "Federation of Musical Clubs of Michigan" was duly formed. Mrs. Nichols was elected president
Clubs represented were: Detroit, Ann Arbor, Bay City, Capac, Coldwater, Dexter, Flint, Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Marquette, Mount Clemens, Pontiac, Port Huron and Wayne.
Since 1916 the Michigan Federation of Music Clubs has been influential in making music a force in the cultural life of our state and nation. Through many special projects, each of which promotes the great purpose of the Federation, the many devoted and talented members of the music clubs have been successful in keeping high standards in all areas of music interests. To name only a few - community service, aiding young musicians by giving scholarship awards, promoting American music and musicians, music therapy and many others.
The Music Clubs continue to provide high quality programs presented by their talented members and guest artists. Because of this, the federation has become an outstanding organization in the community, state and nation.
MICHIGAN FEDERATION OF MUSIC CLUBS, INC. PAST PRESIDENTS