The Schools Music Association (SMA)

The Schools Music Association (SMA) became part of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) on 1 July 2014.

The ISM and SMA are guaranteeing a strong voice for the music education profession at the national level. By working together they will continue to ensure that full professional support and representation is available to those working in music education.

The two organisations have increasingly worked together in recent years in areas of advocacy and support for music educators. This merging of SMA with ISM is a natural next step and will preserve what is best about the SMA within the ISM, the subject association for music.

Following the merger, the ISM organisation, name and normal functions will continue unaltered. SMA members have become part of the ISM and are now known as ‘ISM-SMA’ members. The SMA name will live on through a number of services that will continue post-merger.

The merger is the result of a considered process within the SMA, which consulted its members on possible futures for the organisation from 2012. SMA members indicated an overwhelming preference to explore merger with the ISM in November 2012, and at their AGM on 26 October 2013 voted unanimously for the association to merge with the larger ISM, the UK’s professional body for musicians.

Useful links

SMA Conference will be going ahead as normal. For further details, visit the SMA Conference page on this website.

If you are interested in joining the ISM, visit our Join us section or call us on 020 7221 3499.

Visit the Protect Music Education campaign website to find out about our campaign to protect funding for music education hubs and services. Please sign the petition! You can find out more about ISM campaigns in the Campaigns section of this website.