An examiner may accept for assessment, or decline to assess, submissions in any form, at his or her discretion.
Examiners will be instructed to observe, but are not bound to demonstrate, the following broad equivalences in qualitative standards with awards from Australian tertiary institutions;
- Associateship – AdvDipMus or 2nd year BMus
- Licentiateship – BMus
- Fellowship – MMus
Any award may be conferred ‘with Honours’ upon the examiner’s recommendation.
An examiner may advise that a submission be revised before making a recommendation to the Society.
A recommendation for the admission of a candidate to Fellowship will not be enacted unless validated by the Chief Examiner or Director. A recommendation for Fellowship which fails to gain the endorsement of the Chief Examiner or Director may be altered to a recommendation for Licentiateship or Licentiateship with Honours, by negotiation between the appointed examiner and the Chief Examine or Director.
Persons admitted to the Society will be issued with a formal ASMC certificate signed by the current Director, and may indicate their status by the appropriate postnominals (F / L / AMusicol / Comp / Perf / MusEdASMC[Hons]).
Members of the Society are authorised to wear the following academic dress. Associate: Black cloth gown of the Cambridge BA pattern, black cloth trencher cap, hood of black cloth in the Cambridge full shape, lined to a depth of 15cm with violet silk and edged to a depth of 4cm with gold silk. Licentiate: Black cloth gown of the Cambridge BA pattern, black cloth trencher cap, hood of black cloth in the Cambridge full shape, lined throughout with violet silk and edged to a depth of 5cm with gold silk. Fellow: Black cloth gown of the Cambridge MA pattern, black velvet bonnet with black cord, hood of scarlet cloth in the Cambridge full shape, lined throughout with violet silk, and edged to a depth of 5cm with gold silk. Violet represents the music tradition; gold represents Australia; scarlet represents the governing authority of the Council. ASMC can recommend professional robemakers in Australia.
The Society shall confer no honorary awards. Fellowship may be conferred without examination in exceptional cases to persons whose standing or record of achievement is considered by an examiner to make examination unnecessary or inappropriate. In such cases, the award will not be deemed ‘honorary’.
Persons with an interest in the activities of the Society, or its objectives, may be admitted as Affiliates of the Society, upon application or invitation. Admission as an Affiliate carries no academic status and does not entitle the use of any postnominals or formal certification. A formal letter from the Director will be forwarded to all Affiliates of the Society. An administrative fee of A$250 applies.
Where reasonable evidence exists that a person has undertaken deliberate deception in any aspect of a submission, that person shall be expelled from membership of the Society.
Any candidate for whom a recommendation for membership is made, and who declines to meet fee requirements, shall not be permitted to make any other submission for a period of twelve months, and shall not be permitted to re-submit the original work at any point in the future.