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Project information

Regional Music Advisers

We need additional funding for Regional Music Advisers and Coordinators in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland. RMAs/Coordinators are experienced musicians and trainers who provide support for remote areas, churches struggling to provide music for worship, and 600 Area volunteers

Indefinite and growing

Charity information: Royal School of Church Music

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  • Need


    Britain can boast a church music tradition unequaled in the world. However, many churches are isolated and their congregations diminishing, while worship styles are changing. The RSCM wants to help churches of every style and tradition can bring in children -- to the benefit of their education as well as the growth of congregations -- and to ensure that contemporary and modern worship are of as equally high quality.


    Regional Music Advisers/Coordinators cover England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales, in support of churches, choirs, schools and our 53 Area Committees, which do the bulk of RSCM events and are largely responsible for choral education and examinations. Having experienced and well-trained colleagues visiting to offer advice, work out conflicts and problems, demonstrate new resources and ideas, and offer specialist training has already proved invaluable. Demand for RMAs is high and needs funding.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To provide technical, musical, and educational support for churches, choirs and schools


    » Leading events such as choral festival, training days, and explorations of repertoire
    » Demonstrating RSCM resources such as the Voice for Life for beginning through to experienced singers, and training the trainers

    What success will look like

    Success will be measured by number of visits, types of support provided, participant ages, church membership, and numbers, and towns/cities covered.

    Aim 2

    To work with RSCM Voluntary committees to help them achieve their goals


    » Advising membership officers on retaining and recruiting members
    » Promoting membership and events among Anglican, Roman Catholic, and non-conformist churches, including annual RSCM Music Sunday events
    » Assisting training officers in understanding and promoting RSCM educations programmes and resources
    » Providing management and administration advice and support for Area volunteers, professional church musicians, clergy and school heads/teachers

    What success will look like

    Success will be in numbers of members retained and recruited, number of visits made, number and levels of singing awards attained, increased number and quality of events

  • Impact


    Children will return to choirs and choirs will grow; churches currently without music will have music in regular worship; a broad range of RSCM music, courses, and resource materials will be used outside of our traditional Anglican base. Music education is not something that is ever finished, in the way that a disease can be eradicated; it must be supported and renewed in every generation. Similarly, we believe that the best use of music enhances the worship of God, which is a basic human need.


    Child protection, increasing cost of travel and accommodation, data protection issues. We have a strong child protection regime, are fund-raising continually to meet the cost of RMA/Coordinator travel, and are institutionally and individually responsible for our data


    By mail/email/e-newsletter, annual report, individual reports of the activities of the RMAs and Coordinators, number of visits, number and age of participants, geographic coverage, and summaries of evaluations

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £279,800

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      Amount Heading Description
      £140,000 Salaries/2 years 7 current RMAs and 7 new/increased hours
      £100,000 Trave/Accom/2 years 7 current RMAs and 7 new/increased hours
      £19,200 Management Management, administrative support
      £20,600 Resources IT, data, web, books, postage, freight

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Liz & Terry Bramall Foundation £200,000 Guaranteed
    The John Pilling Trust £4,000 Guaranteed
  • Background




    All Christian worshippers

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    The RSCM was founded to address the sad state of parish music in 1927, by the organist of Westminster Abbey, Sir Sydney Nicholson. We were granted our Royal Charter in 1945 and Her Majesty the Queen is our Royal Patron. The RSCM is known throughout the UK and internationally as the preeminent provider of choral, music, skills, distance learning for church musicians and clergy of many traditions and styles.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    Mrs Sue Snell

    Head of Education