National Ballroom Operators Association

National Ballroom Operators Association (NBOA) was an American organization reflecting its namesake that existed from the 1930s through the late 1960s. Member owners and operators of ballrooms used the association to lobby the government for tax considerations and to bargain with labor unions.

State Chapters

Ballroom operators within several states formed "State Chapters."

  • 1949 — The Nebraska Ballroom Operators Association, the first state chapter of the National Ballroom Operators Association, formed to watch ballroom problems specific to Nebraska such as State Legislation affecting terp operation and music licensing fees.[1]
  • 1950 — Twenty-two ballroom operators from Ohio formed the Ohio Ballroom Operators Association. Milt Magel, owner of Castle Farm, Cincinnati, and Club Madrid, Louisville, Ohio, was its founding president. The operators organized to gain influence over (i) cabaret taxes, (ii) James Petrillo's attempt to return to the old Form B band contracts, and (iii) band booking problems.[2]


  1. ^ "Nebraska Terpery Ops Set Up to Nip Problems in State", Billboard. (March 5, 1949) pg. 39.
  2. ^ "NBOA Chapter formed in Ohio," Billboard. (February 25, 1950) pg. 15.