Grants & Awards

The RMA offers a number of awards for musical scholarship, as well as conference affiliation (including financial assistance), and small grants for research students and scholars with no access to institutional support. Although awards and affiliation are available to all, grants are only available to RMA members.

The Dent Medal is awarded annually to recipients selected for their outstanding contribution to musicology. The Medal is awarded to scholars in mid-career, typically indicated by time from the completion of their Ph.D. or first academic appointment. Candidates are selected on the basis of published scholarship, and the outstanding contribution to musicology may consist of either a single large-scale study or a body of work. Musicology is understood in broad terms, and eligible works may include (but are not limited to) monographs, collections of essays, articles, critical editions, and digital resources.

The Jerome Roche Prize is awarded annually for a distinguished article by a scholar in the early stages of his or her career. Articles considered for the prize must be in English and published in the previous calendar year. Articles may be considered from journals, edited volumes, or books of conference proceedings.

Honorary Membership of the Association is awarded in recognition of substantial and long-standing contributions to musical scholarship.

Small Research Grants are available to student members of the RMA and member scholars with no access to institutional support. This includes an annual grant supported by the Frank Howes Memorial Fund.

Conference affiliation provides an opportunity for conference and study day organisers to benefit from advertising, advice and support from the RMA. Financial support is also available.