Definition and background:
A group of professionals who have mastered their trade and take apprentices to teach them the skills of that trade. Musicians have formed guilds since the early 13th century for the promotion of their interests and rights, and to regulate the profession. Today, the American Guild of Organists still survives in this country.
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