Membership benefits

Full, graduate and student memberships

Full, graduate and student members receive:

Specialist legal advice and representation

  • one-to-one specialist legal advice and representation from our expert in-house team. This includes representation at disciplinary, grievance and redundancy meetings
  • a 24-hour legal helpline staffed by qualified legal advisers, available 365 days a year
  • unpaid fees recovery service
  • 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
  • up to 20% off musical instrument and equipment insurance with a range of respected insurers
  • 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 including our Business Support Officer and Debt Recovery Officer
  • musicians' business development advisory service - expert advice on promotion, building networks and social media, marketing, record labels, publishing, touring and more
  • access to our online advice pages
  • a 24-hour counselling helpline
  • fees surveys, recommended rates and related fees advice

Find out more about our advice services

Promotion 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
  • letters after your name and ISM member logos to demonstrate your professional status
  • concert and event promotion through our Facebook and Twitter pages
  • the opportunity to apply for ISM Registered Private Teacher status  

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

Professional development and networking

  • up to 30% off when you book for our seminars, conferences and events
  • free monthly webinars which you can access from your computer, mobile or tablet
  • ISM Local Groups
  • regular networking events

Find out more about professional development and networking opportunities for members


  • 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.