Membership benefits

Full, graduate and student memberships

Full, graduate and student members receive:

Specialist legal advice and representation

  • direct access to one-to-one legal advice and representation from our expert in-house team of quick-response lawyers including advice on draft contracts and contractual disputes, freelance working, intellectual property, performers’ rights and royalties, unpaid fees, employment issues and disputes, safeguarding and child protection, discrimination and anything else which affects your career as a musician
  • a 24-hour legal helpline staffed by qualified legal advisers, available 365 days a year
  • an unpaid fees service that recovers overdue payments owed to you in relation to your work
  • legal expenses insurance (cover up to £100,000) in the event of a legal dispute related to your work as a musician or personal injury at any time
  • online legal advice: advice pages and downloadable template contracts 
  • DBS check advice and Disclosure application service for self-employed musicians

Find out more about our legal benefits


  • public and employers' liability insurance - £10,000,000 of cover in the event of public injury or loss/damage to third party property during the course of your career
  • legal expenses cover - £100,000 cover in the event of a legal dispute or HMRC tax investigation related to your work as a musician
  • unlimited discounted insurance on any number of musical instruments and equipment of any valu
  • professional indemnity insurance specifically designed for music teachers and consultants, available for £62 a year

Find out more about our insurance benefits

Expert advice

  • one-to-one advice from our experienced staff team
  • musicians' business development advisory service - expert advice on promotion, building networks and social media, marketing, record labels, publishing, touring and more
  • resources including annual fees surveys, online advice pages, template contracts, record-keeping documents, and advice packs
  • a 24-hour counselling helpline
  • fees surveys, recommended rates and related fees advice

Find out more about our advice services 

Promotion, enhanced status and free listings

  • free listing on the ISM Music Directory which is used by members of the public looking to hire musicians including music teachers, performers and composers
  • free listing in the ISM Handbook
  • concert and event promotion through our Facebook and Twitter pages
  • the opportunity to apply for ISM Registered Private Teacher status  
  • being a member of a nationally recognised professional body enhances your status, demonstrates to those you work for that you are committed to your profession and that you have proven professional credentials. As a member you can use letters after your name and the ISM member logo.

Find out more about how we promote our members

Tax and financial support services

  • a daytime tax helpline staffed by qualified accountants
  • a debt advice helpline 
  • access to downloadable template documents, tax and financial advice from our website
  • HMRC tax investigation cover
  • a discounted tax return completion service
  • discounted accountancy and financial services
  • ISM Members' Fund - financial grants are available for members and former members, and their families, when experiencing hard times

Find out more about our tax and financial benefits

Award-winning professional development and being part of our community

  • access to an active professional community of musicians who you can meet and share ideas with at our seminars and events 
  • up to 30% off when you book for our award-winning seminars, conferences and events
  • interactive webinars presented by experts in the fields of performing, composing, teaching, business skills, contracts, music industry, royalties, legal matters and more
  • ISM Local Groups

Find out more about professional development and networking opportunities for members

Influencing the agenda

  • opportunities to join one of our expert Special Interest Groups and have a direct impact on music education policy and policy at the BBC, PRS, PPL and others


  • bi-Monthly Music Journal, the ISM's official magazine
  • annual members' Handbook
  • annual ISM diary
  • regular e-newsletters containing advice, events, discounts, news and campaigning updates

Find out more about our publications

Exclusive discounts

  • including discounts on instruments, equipment and accessories, instrument insurance, printed music, books, CDs, recording services, website design, music software, concert and gig tickets, health services, insurances, accommodation and other memberships
  • savings on your weekly shop with ISM Discount+ including discounts with Tesco, Sainsbury’s, M&S, Argos, Curry’s, B&Q, Boots, Debenhams, Apple, Thomson, Thomas Cook, Empire, Cineworld and Showcase as well as independent cinemas. Students can also get NUS Extra at a discount.

Find out more about the discounts available to members


The ISM, together with its members and supporters, is a strong campaigning force for musicians' rights and music education. Our latest campaigns include Bacc for the FutureInstruments on Planes and Protect Music Education.

The work our dedicated External Affairs team carries out on behalf of musicians includes:

  • lobbying - making the case for the profession
  • campaigning on the critical issues facing musicians today
  • engaging with the music industry at all levels

Find out more about our campaigning work

Other benefits

  • free subscription to Grove Music Online
  • ISM credit card

Find out more about additional benefits

Because we are a professional body self-employed members can claim back the tax on their membership fee.