Joining the RMA

Thank you for your interest in joining the Royal Musical Association.

RMA members receive a wealth of benefits through joining the association. All members receive copies of the biannual Journal of the RMA, along with copies of the RMA Research Chronicle and online access to all previous volumes of both publications. We offer members exclusive discounts with publishers such as Oxford University Press, Cambridge University Press, and Boydell & Brewer, to name a few, and discounted access to JSTOR. All members also receive discounts to all our affiliated events and conferences, and substantial concessions for our two flagship conferences; our Annual Conference, and the Research Students’ Conference. Student and non-institutionally affiliated members are also able to apply for our Small Research Grants.

Along with these many tangible benefits, the RMA offers all members a diverse and inclusive community. We represent members from across the entire spectrum of musical research, practice and interest. We aim to create networks across the discipline for all music researchers and practitioners, and provide a space for debate, activity and celebration of all members’ endeavours. Through our various initiatives, affiliated events, and our own conferences and publications, we offer members the chance to engage with communities outside their own research areas. Not only do we foster community within the UK, but have invaluable ties with various international associations, such as the American Musicology Society (AMS), the International Musicological Society (IMS), the Société Francaise de Musicologie (SFM), and the Royal Society for Music History of the Netherlands (KVNM). All members are entitled to this community. The RMA aims to sustain and enhance musical culture, recognise outstanding scholarly and creative achievement by individuals, and support the education and training of emerging scholars and practitioners. Our rich and diverse member-base allows us to do these various activities.

We offer five categories of individual annual membership (as set out below) alongside the Student Group Membership Scheme. Membership runs for the calendar year. 

You can join the RMA today. If you have any questions about joining, we would love to hear from you. Contact our Executive Officer: Amanda Babington

Student (individual):
For those with a valid student ID. Evidence must be supplied of student status
For those earning over £20,000 per year, including overseas members at current exchange rates
Low income:
For those earning under £20,000 per year, including overseas members at current exchange rates
For any two persons using a single private address (only one copy of the Newsletter, Research Chronicle and Journal will be provided)
For those who will be retired from full-time work at any time during the membership year

The Student Group Membership Scheme provides institutional membership for music departments and conservatoires – find out more.