Honorary membership of the Association is awarded in recognition of substantial and long-standing contributions to musical scholarship. This includes published work and other activities in the field, such as editorships, conference organization, interaction with performing institutions and public bodies, and work for scholarly associations including the RMA itself. A full list of honorary members is available here.
It is expected that honorary membership will remain a rare honour and it is unlikely that more than one name will be recommended to Council in any one year. Nominations may be made by any member of the RMA, and nominees do not have to be resident in the UK. Nominators should write to the chair of the Awards Committee, supplying a page describing the nominee’s contribution according to the criteria described above, and furnishing references to published scholarship and relevant biography (or a link to a webpage, encyclopedia article or other source where such information may appear).
Nominations and supporting documents should be received by 1 May. The Awards Committee’s recommendation will be submitted to the following meeting of Council, and, if approved, the award will be announced at the Annual General Meeting, held each September during the RMA’s Annual Conference.