Council Nominations

Conceptual hand writing showing Nominations

The RMA has three new openings for Ordinary Members of Council (OMC) and one for Vice-President. If you’d like to come and join us, and help run the Association for the benefit of all its members, we’d love to hear from you.

We are particularly looking for new Council members who will support and help take forward our initiatives to become a more diverse Association, open to all aspects of music research and practice. Those working in areas currently underrepresented on Council (beyond historical musicology) are especially welcome. We are actively working to make our activities fully accessible; virtual attendance at meetings and events is encouraged and we would especially welcome representation from colleagues with a particular understanding or experience of disability. One of the OMC vacancies this round is reserved for an Early Career researcher (broadly defined as 5 years or fewer post-PhD award).

To apply for Ordinary Member of Council (including Early Career position), you may either: secure a nomination from an existing member of the RMA, who will then put your name forward; or contact the Chair of Search directly with an expression of interest. The closing date for nominations is Friday 23 April 2021. You do not need to be an RMA member at the time of your nomination, but membership is mandatory for anyone taking up an elected position.

Application for Vice-President can only be made via a nomination from a current member of the RMA Council.

Once you have been nominated, there is a second stage in the process: you need to prepare a ‘statement of candidacy’ (no more than a single A4 page). This then goes out with the list of names to the RMA membership over the summer, so everyone who is eligible to vote will read it.

The statement should contain the following information (bullet points should be avoided):

  1. Name and current occupation/role
  2. Relevant previous positions
  3. Short résumé of research
  4. Any honours
  5. Administrative experience; committee positions held
  6. Personal statement

The ‘personal statement’ really means a few words about what you’d hope to contribute as a member of Council, and is the most important part of your statement. The whole statement should be written in the first person. Please send this to the Chair of Search Committee ( by 15 May 2021.

The results will be announced at the AGM of the Annual Conference in September 2021.

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