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About the RMA

The Royal Musical Association is the foremost society in the UK dedicated to the study of music.  Founded in 1874, its principal objectives are the advancement of scholarship and scholarly publication.  Membership is open to any individual interested in musical research.

The RMA supports a national programme of conferences and study days promoting excellence in all fields of musical enquiry including historical and critical musicology, practice-led research, music analysis, composition, ethnomusicology, popular music studies, music and science in all its forms, and interdisciplinary investigations.

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The Journal of the Royal Musical Association is one of the major international refereed journals in its field. The journal disseminates knowledge across the discipline and communicates specialist perspectives to a broad readership while maintaining the highest scholarly standards.

The RMA Research Chronicle is an internationally refereed publication with a unique emphasis on the raw materials of musicology: indexes, catalogues, inventories, calendars, and similar information.

The RMA Monographs series provides a medium for specialised investigations of a topic, concept or repertory--studies of a kind that would not normally be feasible for commercial publishers and that would be too long for most periodicals. 

The RMA is a registered charity (no. 222410; see Charity Commission for England and Wales Register of Charities) and a UK limited company (Company No. 00081327; see Companies House).

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