The National Flute Association is the largest flute organization in the world. Founded in 1972 by Mark Thomas and incorporated in 1973, the NFA has approximately 5,000 members from more than 50 countries. Guided by its goals to encourage a higher standard of artistic excellence for the flute, its performers, and its literature, members include leading soloists, orchestral players, jazz and world music performers, teachers, adult amateurs, and students of all ages.
The organization boasts the largest lending library of flute music internationally with a catalogue of more than 15,000 works. Dedicated to inspiring young artists, NFA has numerous scholarship programs for continuing education including cultural outreach scholarships in 15 U.S. and non-U.S. cities. Its effort in the area of music commissioning has resulted in more than 65 outstanding new works for both flute and piccolo.