Worshipful Company of Musicians
The Worshipful Company of Musicians
is one of the Livery Companies
of the City of London
. In 1500, the Fellowship of Minstrels was granted incorporation as the Musicians' Company by the Lord Mayor of London
; the Company was given the right to regulate all musicians within the City. Thereafter, the Company received a Royal Charter
in 1604. However, the Charter was revoked in 1634, at the behest of the Musicians' rivals, the King's Minstrels. Another Charter was granted centuries later in 1950.
The Company no longer has the power to regulate music within the City. It supports musicians and orchestras, and also the education of music students.
The Company ranks fiftieth in the order of precedence for Livery Companies. Its motto is Preserve Harmony.