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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’. Its activities have since evolved to embrace every conceivable aspect of music research, whether expressed in words, notation or sounds. The Association aims to sustain and enhance musical culture in the United Kingdom, while liaising with other subject organisations at home and abroad where appropriate and recognizing outstanding scholarly and creative achievement by individuals worldwide. It further aims to support the education and training of emerging scholars and practitioners.

The Association’s chief activities in pursuit of these aims are the promotion of conferences, symposia, study days, workshops and other public meetings; the publication and dissemination of books, journals, and other outlets for research of international standing; 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).

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