In sometimes surprising ways, associations play direct and indirect roles in bringing the products, services, and activities of daily life to people around the world. Including accordions.
World Accordion Museum Alliance
Uniting accordion museums in more than 30 countries, the World Accordion Museum Alliance preserves the global heritage of the instrument while assisting museums with research, business models, and partnership building. It celebrates World Accordion Day on May 6 every year.
American Accordionists’ Association
Devotees of the timeless reed instrument look to the American Accordionists’ Association for competitions and workshops, performance opportunities, youth scholarships, financial support for composers, and avenues for networking with accordionists from around the world. Its annual gathering, SqueezeFest, unfolded in July with a celebration of AAA’s 80th anniversary in Alexandria, Virginia.
Accordionists and Teachers Guild International
Fun facts from the Accordionists and Teachers Guild International: Also called squeezeboxes, accordions weigh 35 pounds and can cost between $400 and $40,000. Students at several universities can earn music degrees with an emphasis on the accordion.