The Guild logo was designed in 1960 by the founder of the organisation, Gordon Blake (1921 – 1998).
It was adopted as the official logo in 1969. The design reflects the English origin of the public music examination system which commenced in that country in the 19th century. During the last three decades of that period, the system was introduced into Australia.
The overall Heraldic design of the Shield is intentionally symbolic of the pomp, ceremony and ignorance of the Middle and subsequent Ages. The arms represent the London Guild from where the Australian Guild originated, consisting of a silver shield bearing a red cross with a red upright sword in the first quarter. They combine the emblems of the patron saints of England and London: the Cross of St George with the symbol of the martyrdom of Saint Paul. Overall, the Cross of St George divides the whole Shield into four symbolic sections, which, from left to right are:-
Southern Cross. (Australia); The Harp. – Universal Music.
Cross of St.George. – Chivalry. Honour; Speech, Drama and the Arts. – Theatre.
The motto at the bottom of the Shield is Concordia et Fidelitus which signifies Harmony and Fidelity. It is upon these concepts that the Guild has been built.