Full membership

Full membership is just £171 per year or divide the cost over ten months and pay £17.10 a month

What are the benefits?

ISM full members benefit from public liability cover up to £10m, legal expenses cover up to £100K, up to 20% off instrument and equipment insurance, legal assistance from our expert in-house team including representation at grievance and disciplinary meetings and for orchestral musicians, one-to-one practical advice and online resources, a listing in our Music Directory, letters after your name, specialist seminars and events at discounted members' rates, access to a community of like-minded musicians, and more.

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“The ISM keeps me up-to-date with changes in the music sector, and connects me with a wider network of professional musicians.”

Philip Herbert, composer and performer. ISM member since 1994

How to join

Online

Simply complete our online application form and indicate which route to membership you're taking (see explanation below).

Telephone

Call us on 020 7221 3499 and we'll take your details over the phone.

Post

Download our application form and send it to the address at the bottom of the page. Alternatively, you can email us and we'll email you the application form.

Routes to membership

The ISM is a professional body and so you must be working in music at a professional level to join. Please select one of the following 'routes to membership' on your application form or online application so that we can verify that you are a professional working in music.

Qualified route

If you have a degree or graduate diploma in music simply enter the name of your qualification, the institution you studied at and the year you graduated when you complete our online application form.

Students and recent graduates

If you graduated from your first music degree or graduate diploma in music within the last 10 years, you can join at our specially discounted graduate rate, which applies for three years.
If you are a currently studying music at degree level or above you can benefit from our specially discounted student rate which is available to both full-time and part-time students.

Fast-track route

If you satisfy one of the following criteria please provide the name of the relevant ensemble, artist management company, record label, higher education institution or publisher on your application form.

  • You are booked or employed to play for an orchestra or are part of a professional freelance group or ensemble, musical theatre company or opera group
  • You are booked by any choir from the current list of professional/cathedral choirs and opera choruses
  • You are currently represented by a management company who is a member of IAMA (International Artist Managers’ Association)
  • You have a recording contract with a label which is a member of AIM (The Association of Independent Music) or the BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
  • You are music teaching staff at a higher education institution which offers a degree or equivalent with music as a significant component or who works in a specialist music school
  • Your compositions are published by a company which is a member of the MPA (Music Publishers Association)
  • You are or have been part of a young artist scheme on our fast-track list
  • You have won a recognised award on our fast-track list

Find out if you are eligibe to join the ISM via the fast-track route by browsing our fast-track list.

Reference route

You can ask two of your professional colleagues to provide references to support your application. One of your referees should be a current ISM member. Simply provide their contact details on your application form or online application.

Rejoining the ISM

If you were previously an ISM member - welcome back! All you need to do is contact us on 020 7221 3499 or email membership@ism.org and we can restart your membership.If you have any questions, try our frequently asked questions page or call us on 020 7221 3499.