RMA logo

The Royal Musical Association

About the RMA

In this section:

Activities and History

What is the RMA?




Joining the RMA

Contact Us


RMA Council

Council Members


Reports & Accounts

RMA Committees





External Affairs

Finance and Membership


Photograph of the York Gate Building

Photograph: Andy Catterall

About the RMA

The Royal Musical Association is the foremost society in the UK dedicated to the study of music. Membership is open to any individual interested in musical research.

Mission Statement

The Royal Musical Association was founded in 1874 ‘for the investigation and discussion of subjects connected with the art and science of music’, and its activities have evolved to embrace all aspects of the study of any kind of music, from history, analysis, and ethnomusicology to studies of perception, reception, and practice-based research. It aims to sustain and enhance British musical culture, while fostering international links and recognizing outstanding scholarly achievement by individuals worldwide, and to support the education and training of young scholars.

The Association’s chief activities in pursuit of these aims are the publication and dis-
semination of books, journals, and similar outlets for research of international standing; the promotion of conferences, symposia, study days, and other public meetings; the sponsorship of awards and prizes; the advocacy of musical studies with public and private policy-making bodies, and with repositories of musical resources; and engagement with the student body in the United Kingdom.

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).

RMA Home Page RMA Facebook Group RMA Twitter Feed

Contact Us
Corrections or additions? Contact the website editor.