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Musicological Society of Australia

The MSA is the pre-eminent organisation for music research in Australia.

Membership is open to all interested parties anywhere in the world. Membership includes a subscription to the journal Musicology Australia.

Indigenous Music and Dance Symposium, Closing Ceremony, Melbourne, 2019
Indigenous Showcase Smoking Ceremony at the 2019 Musicological Society of Australia National Conference, at Monash University, Clayton, VIC.

Welcome to the website of the Musicological Society of Australia (MSA).

This website provides information about the society, including the constitution, committee membership and annual general meeting (AGM). There is advice on MSA membership and details about the MSA annual conference and study days.

The website also highlights relevant publications, including the MSA’s journal Musicology Australia, which is published by Taylor & Francis.

47th National Conference of the Musicological Society of Australia 2024

to be held online, 28–30 November 2024

Call for Papers NOW OPEN

Musicology Australia

Musicology Australia is the scholarly journal of the Musicological Society of Australia. Since its inception in 1963, the journal has published articles on all aspects of music research, especially ethnomusicology and musicology, which marks it out from most other music journals.

Latest articles published in Musicology Australia

MSA members can access Musicology Australia by signing in at the top-right of this page, and visiting the Members Area.


The MSA also supports a group called MSA Forum on the platform Humanities Commons, which members can use to communicate with one another and make announcements. The group is unmoderated and anybody can join. View instructions on how to do so here.

Further advice is available about how to use the forum functions.


MSA is entered on the Register of Cultural Organisations and welcomes donations, which are tax deductible.

Donated funds are used exclusively for the MSA’s cultural purposes.