The Guild of Church Musicians was formed in 1888 and exists to encourage all musicians within the Church to attain the highest standards of music in the worship of Almighty God. The joint patrons of the Guild are the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.
Membership (£20 due in January each year) is open to anyone interested in church music and whilst the majority of members live in the UK the Guild has members living in all parts of the world. There is also a separate branch of The Guild in Australia.
The Guild administers examinations in church music at various levels from the Archbishops' Preliminary Certificate through to the Fellowship of the Guild. For details see the examinations page on their website.