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AMICA General:
   Provide an organization for collectors of automated musical instruments, such as roll operated player pianos and pipe organs, orchestrions, nickelodeons, and other automated musical instruments.
   Promote the acquisition and distribution of instruments, recordings, and technical and historical information concerning these instruments.
   Encourage the restoration of automatic musical instruments to a condition consistent with the original intent of their manufacture.
   Educate the public about the historical and cultural significance of automatic musical instruments.

Local Chapters
Meet periodically, usually 3-4x/year or more. Usually there's a small membership fee to fund events. Meetings take place in member's homes and local venues of interest. You're encouraged to contact the Chapter Officers in your area to find out when/where their next meeting will be - and attend as a guest to try them out.

Awards
Leo Ornstein Literary Award
Presented for contributing in some way in a literary effort to further and promote the goals of AMICA - either by contributions to the Bulletin or by independent books, articles, etc. The contributions must have been made in the past two years. 
President's Award
The president of AMICA makes the selection of the individual to receive the President's Award based on criteria of his/her choosing. No person(s) other than the President is involved in this selection process

International Award
Presented for contributing substantially to the promotion of automatic music and AMICA as viewed technically, musically, archivally or from the perspective of the general public.

Honor Roll (previously Hall-of-Fame)
Purpose:  To honor those who have made outstanding contributions to the development of the field of mechanical music and the enjoyment of the same.  This contribution can take a number of different forms all related to automated mechanical music;
a performer recorded on rolls, arranger, technician cutting the rolls or designing and/or making the machinery to make rolls, creating music instruments, a historian researching writing and preserving the history of mechanical music and its performers, a restorer and preserver of mechanical instruments, and other related catagories as determined by the nominating committee

Officers:
   President:               
Joel Cluskey, Pittsburgh, PA
   Vice President:       
Michael Walter, Lancaster, NY
   Secretary:              Bob and Bonnie Gonzalez, Corte Madera, CA
   Treasurer:             Joe Orens, Potomac MD
   Publisher/Editor:    Glenn Thomas, Belle Mead, NJ (visit our Publications page)
   Membership Secretary:    Lyle Merithew and Sandy Swirsky (visit our Membership page)
   
Immediate Past President:    Alan Turner, Winnipeg, Canada

Committees:
   Audio-Visual:        
Harold Malakanian, Troy, MI
   Archives:              
Tom Hutchinson, Sturgeon, MO
   Convention Coordinator:    
Frank Nix, Woodland Hills, CA (visit our Conventions page)
   Honor-Roll:         
Tim Baxter, Atlanta, GA (formerly AMICA Honorary Members)
   Memorial Fund:   Raymond Dietz, Martinsville, VA
   Nominating:        
Mike Walter, Lancaster, NY 
       Nominating Committee Members:
                             
Liz Barnhart, Gary Craig, Jere DeBacker, Dee Kavouras, Herbert Mercer,
Dianne Polan
   Web Manager:    Michael Falco, NY

See also:
   
AMICA Bylaws

Past Presidents:

From

To

Name

2015

2018

Alan Turner

2011

2014

Tim Baxter

2006

2010

John Motto-Ros

2004

2006

Mike Walter

2000

2004

Dan Brown

1997

2000

Linda Bird

1994

1996

Maury Willyard

1992

1994

Mel Septon

1987

1992

Ron Conner

1986

1987

Molly Yeckley

1982

1986

Terry Smythe

1980

1982

Bob Taylor

1975

1980

Rob Rosencrans

1975

1975

Bill Mintz

1971

1975

Frank Loob

1970

1971

Bob Billings

1970

1970

Jarod Clark

1969

1970

Doug Hickling

1968

1969

Bob Cherney

1967

1968

Gordon Osser

1964

1966

Jarod Clark

1963

1964

Dean LaPoint

 


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Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association,
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