About - Musicological Society of Australia

About the MSA


The Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) was founded in 1963 at the University of Sydney and achieved full national status in 1976. Its nine regional chapters (ACT, Hunter, Northern New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Sydney, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia) provide local activities, research networks and support groups for members.


MSA also attracts a significant international membership from individuals and institutions. It is incorporated as an Association in the Australian Capital Territory (Associations Incorporation Act 1991), and is affiliated with the International Musicological Society (IMS), International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) and the New Zealand Musicological Society (NZMS).

MSA Position Statement

The Musicological Society of Australia (MSA) embraces and promotes music research in the broadest terms including: performance-based, analytical, historical, cultural, social, behavioural and scientific.

The key activities of the MSA include:

  • Presenting an annual conference, which is regularly held in conjunction with the New Zealand Musicological Society;
  • Producing the internationally peer-reviewed journal Musicology Australia, published by Taylor & Francis;
  • Mentoring postgraduate students and emerging scholars; and,
  • Advancing academic and public understanding and appreciation of music, an activity and resource that is fundamental to the wellbeing of individuals and communities.


The MSA is governed by a National Committee elected by its members during the AGM, and supports Regional Chapters located throughout Australia.



The MSA is affiliated with the following organisations:

Grants, Bursaries & Prizes

Since 2005 the MSA administers an annual pool of funding for Grants, Bursaries & Prizes to be used for various purposes.