KUMISA was formed to address various challenges within the industry including a severe skills shortage, a lack of support for music-related businesses, a lack of access to markets, a lack of policy support and general support from the private and public sector.

KwaZulu-Natal United Music Industry Association.

In September 2009, individuals from the music sector volunteered to serve on the interim board to facilitate the registration and development of the organisation, including prioritising the programme action plan of KUMISA. KUMISA was officially registered as a not-for-profit organisation in December 2009.

A selected board manages KUMISA