The Musical Society of Nigeria was established in 1983 with the following objectives:
* To promote the understanding and enjoyment of classical music in Nigeria
* To promote the performance of serious music (with emphasis on classical music)
* To promote the education of children in the performance and theory of music
* To encourage the interaction of Nigerian and non-Nigerian musicians, and for this purpose to
encourage foreign musicians to come to perform in Nigeria and vice versa.
In furtherance of the above objectives, the Society is the proud owner of a multipurpose cultural complex, the MUSON Centre in Onikan, Lagos. Which also houses the MUSON School of Music, a Government recognised, diploma-awarding educational institution dedicated to the training of professional musicians.
MUSON organizes regular concerts, an annual Festival of the Arts and other programmes and events for its members and the general public.
It recently established a Symphony Orchestra which is in the early stages of development.