The Society


The College Music Society promotes music teaching and learning, musical creativity and expression, research and dialogue, and diversity and interdisciplinary interaction. A consortium of college, conservatory, university, and independent musicians and scholars interested in all disciplines of music, the Society provides leadership and serves as an agent of change by addressing concerns facing music in higher education.


Incorporation and Tax Status

The College Music Society is incorporated in the State of Montana.  CMS is recognized under section 501(c)6 of the tax code as an educational and professional, not-for-profit, tax-exempt organization.


Fiscal Year

The fiscal year of The College Music Society is August 1 through July 31.


Federal Identification Number

The federal identification number of The College Music Society is 81-0505324.


The CMS Archives at the University of Maryland

Special Collections in Performing Arts (SCPA) at the University of Maryland, College Park, is a major repository for twenty-eight state, national, and international music organizations, as well as other related materials. The CMS Archives consists of approximately nine linear feet of material. The CMS collection consists of files from its two predecessor organizations, the Society for Music in Liberal Arts Colleges (SMILAC) and the College Music Association (CMA), both founded in 1947.  There are files of key officers of the past including Henry Leland Clarke, Henry Woodward, Chappell White, David Russell Williams, Walter Collins, and Barbara English Maris. Most of these files contain letters and copies of letters to and from college and university music colleagues, documents and drafts of documents, programs and drafts of programs, and ephemera. 


Annual Reports of The College Music Society

The Society publishes an annual report each year.  Please select from the following: