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Academic Dress

Many of our members are part of communities where the regular wearing of academic dress is commonplace. We support and encourage this use, as it both enhances the theatre of worship and showcases the diversity of members and their achievements.

It is part of a worldwide tradition that can trace it roots back centuries, and which we are proud to endorse and celebrate.

Application for Academic Hood

Please read through the following categories, and once you have decided which level you wish to apply for, send us an email with your details and any necessary information to support your application.  A fee is payable to our official robemaker for each hood on successful admission.  

All hoods are of the Durham BSC shape (f7) in indigo panama. In all cases the neck bands are cut in a V-shape, do not reverse and are indigo lined with indigo. 

 

We recommend our official robemaker Jayne Ball Designs of Falmouth Cornwall, UK - via Facebook or at jayneballdesigns.co.uk

Regarding hood designs :

The mauve/lilac borders for Member and Associate should be a width of the same taffeta or satin as for the Fellow’s hood or could be Petersham ribbon. It is applied on the inside edge of the cowl, and not the outer.  The outer (the shell) should ideally be of only of panama but may also be of gabardine or Russell cord. The neckband should be cut in a V-shape, and made of and lined with the same material as the shell. The lining should be a satin, silk or thin taffeta. See the notes about colours. Please note, the Board of Directors reserves the right to change specifications for materials used or alter colour variations within reason to accommodate current supply or stock.

Regarding colours :

If you are choosing your own fabric, you can do a close visual colour match with these references: Mauve/Lilac - HEX #CBC1D9 Indigo - HEX #240952 Consistency of colour matching across the globe is difficult, and we accept that there may be slight colour variations depending on manufacturing practice and availability of material.

Member

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On approval by the Board of Directors, anyone joining PRISM is entitled to wear a Member’s Hood. The hood is unlined and bordered inside the cowl for 1 inch with mauve/lilac satin or taffeta. There is no need to hold any formal certification or degree in music, and there is no minimum length of time that an applicant must have been involved in the sphere of sacred music. This category is open to all who are interested in supporting the association, sharing their knowledge, contributing to the work of the organisation, and are willing to promote the object of PRISM and share its ethos.

Associate

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For members who have been admitted to the distinction of Associate by the Board of Directors, the hood is unlined and bordered inside the cowl for 4 inches with mauve/lilac satin or taffeta. Applicants must fulfil the following criteria when applying for Associate of PRISM: - Demonstrate a commitment to the practice and/or enjoyment of sacred music by providing evidence of continuous membership for at least a year of a community of faith, religious, or musical institution involved in the practice and support of sacred music, and - Provide a short, written statement of endorsement from a colleague, teacher, or other person in a position of authority that states how the applicant’s ethos aligns with the goals and aims of PRISM, and - Offer a personal written reflection of around 500 words on what led the applicant to join PRISM, their relationship with sacred music, and what being part of PRISM means for their personal growth and the growth of others around them.

Fellow

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Members are entitled to wear the hood of a Fellow of PRISM once they have fulfilled the requisite criteria and have been granted Fellowship by the Board of Directors. The hood is of indigo panama, lined edge to edge with mauve/lilac satin or taffeta. Applicants must fulfil the following criteria when applying for Fellow of PRISM: - Outstanding and/or original contribution in furtherance of the aims of PRISM in the area of inclusivity in sacred music through publication, composition, leadership, practice, or advocacy, and - Upon the recommendation of at least two other persons, be they existing PRISM members, colleagues, teachers, or other persons in positions of authority, for service or experience already satisfying the first criterion. Such written endorsements should state how the applicant’s ethos aligns with the goals and aims of PRISM, and should accompany the application to the Board of Directors, and - Offer a personal written reflection of around 500 words on what led the applicant to join PRISM, their relationship with sacred music, and what being part of PRISM means for their personal growth and the growth of others around them. If such a reflection was already part of a prior successful application for Associate, then this need not be undertaken a second time.

Honorary Fellow

This level of recognition is reserved for those persons deemed to have made a significant personal contribution to PRISM and its aims. The awarding of an Honorary Fellow of PRISM (HonFPRISM) is by way of recommendation to and at the discretion of the Board of Directors. Recommended candidates are considered according to the following criteria: - Outstanding and original contribution in furtherance of the aims of PRISM in the area of inclusivity in sacred music on a national or international platform, or - Outstanding service to PRISM by helping to further the mission of the organisation through personal dedication and commitment or by serving on its governance structure for a minimum of two years and in that time having made a significant contribution as determined by the Board of Directors, or - Such Patrons or Vice-Patrons as may be appointed by the Board of Directors. ​ The full specification is a hood of the Durham DMus shape [f4], in indigo Truro damask lined edge-to-edge with Iris shot silk. The neckband is cut in a V-shape, of indigo Truro damask lined with the same.

Jayne Ball, of Jayne Ball Designs, and Chris Williams, curator of the Burgon Society Archives, at the Burgon Society Spring Conference April 2024, flanking the late Dr Nicholas Groves' Honorary Fellowship hood, donated to the archives in memory of his outstanding contribution to PRISM and our cause.  

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