IRRMA - Keeping Rock ‘n’ Roll Music Alive

Iowa’s Musical History

The rock ’n’ roll genre gained momentum in Iowa as teenagers began to listen to “their music” during the late 1950s and early ’60s. Progressive adults recognized the growing trend of rock ’n’ roll music, and worked to develop it and make it widely accessible throughout the state of Iowa. It was not long before radio station deejays were playing this new music over the airwaves, grand ballrooms and road houses around the state were hosting teen hops and nearly every town and city regardless of size had at least one hometown rock ’n’ roll band. With that, a new musical generation was born.

The Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Music Association, a 501c3 Non-Profit organization, was formed in 1997 in order to retain and preserve the legacy of rock ‘n’ roll music in Iowa. The IRRMA provides music education programs statewide to schools, churches and youth groups. We also host, sponsor and promote various entertainment events and concerts throughout venues in Iowa. The IRRMA Hall of Fame also inducts bands, musicians and others that have contributed to rock ‘n’ roll music in Iowa every Labor Day Weekend.

The IRRMA’s Mission

The mission of the Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Music Association is to retain and honor the legacy of rock ’n’ roll music and preserve the history of music in the state of Iowa.

The IRRMA is incorporated in the State of Iowa as a non-profit organization for the purpose of:

  • Establishing, administering and providing educational programs and entertainment services such as entertainment exhibitions, annual concerts and events dedicated to and in association with Iowa Rock ’n’ Roll Music.
  • Establishing, administering and promoting a Hall of Fame to honor and perpetuate the names and accomplishments of Artists, Establishments, Establishment Owners, Media Personalities, Songwriters, Record Companies, Managers, Agencies and all those whose dedication and contributions had an impact, influenced and brought lasting fame to rock ’n’ roll music in Iowa.
  • Establishing and maintaining permanent archives for the collection and display of memorabilia related to the lives and accomplishments of those inducted into the IRRMA Hall of Fame and others who have been a part of the industry throughout the years. Inductions are held annually.

To experience Iowa’s rock ’n’ roll past, present and future, come visit us! Our museum is located at 91 Lake Street in Arnolds Park, IA, and you can contact us at our offices at (712) 330-0889 or at the Museum at (712) 332-6540.