Originally founded as a subsidiary society of the Central Institute London in 2001, the Faculty of Liturgical Musicians was independently administered from 2003. Fellowship of the FLM was originally open only to existing members of the CIL who held a musical qualification; after 2003, the CIL restriction was lifted and all who were musically qualified were permitted to apply. Associateship was open to all who supported the aims of the Faculty. There were no fees payable for membership. The FLM existed to promote liturgical music and support those involved in its practise.
The Director of the FLM, Stephen Crosbie, was organist and choirmaster of Kirkcudbright Parish Church, Dumfries.