Founded in 1738 as The Fund for Decay’d Musicians, The Royal Society of Musicians is Britain’s longest established musical charity.

The aims of the founding members, whose numbers included Handel, remain unchanged today:

To provide assistance to those working in the music profession and their dependants, when in need because of accident, illness or old age.

The society is a charity for musicians and run by musicians.

The circumstances of those applying for assistance are considered individually, in confidence, on a monthly basis.