Help us to protect the music sector

Music is in crisis. The UK is leaving the EU on Friday 31 January 2020, which means that freedom of movement - which gives British musicians the right to work in the EU without a need for a visa - will cease after the transition period. The possibility remains that the UK will leave the EU without a comprehensive agreement concerning trade, work visas and security.

If British musicians cannot work easily in the EU, this will damage the UK’s cultural influence and threaten our world-class music industry
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The UK’s globally-dominant music industry contributes £5.2 billion a year to the UK economy. It forms a central part of our creative industries which, valued at £101.5 billion a year to the UK economy, are worth more than the automotive, aerospace, life sciences, oil and gas industries combined.

Read the ISM's Brexit research and advice, and find out how you can take action to #SaveMusic

In 2017, the ISM launched Dignity at Work, committing to working on a collaborative basis to improve the workplace for musicians and to secure change on a long-term basis. As part of our approach to understand the extent and nature of these issues facing musicians, the ISM has conducted research, submitted evidence to Government and engaged with colleagues from across the sector, in order to formulate practical solutions to change culture and working conditions for musicians.

The ISM and the Musicians’ Union have launched a joint Code of Practice to help eradicate bullying, harassment and discrimination in the music sector. This set of principles aims to eradicate bullying, harassment, discrimination and other forms of inappropriate behaviour within the sector. These principles also aim to aid employers in meeting their legal requirements as well as setting out a shared vision for promoting and maintaining a positive working culture.

Join the ISM from £15

Become part of the ISM, the organisation at the forefront of campaigning to promote music and protect musicians' rights. You'll be joining a professional community of music professionals who are backed by our support, unparalleled services, expertise and ground-breaking campaigns work.

Full membership

£171 (annual Direct Debit)/£181 per year or pay monthly: £18.10 a month over ten months.

Membership benefits

  • £10m public liability insurance cover
  • £100k legal expenses insurance cover
  • bespoke legal support and representation including a 24-hour legal helpline and specialist advice
  • tax advice including a daytime tax helpline
  • unpaid fees recovery service
  • being part of a professional community of nearly 10,000 musicians
  • award-winning professional development and networking events
  • online advice and resources on everything from Brexit and discrimination to contracts and employment
  • enhanced professional status as a member of the UK's professional body for musicians
  • unlimited discounted insurance on any number of musical instruments and equipment of any value
  • health and wellbeing services including counselling and physiotherapy
  • and much more

More about the ISM

We are the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music, supporting almost 10,000 members with professional services, unparalleled in-house expertise and campaigns.

We believe in empowering musicians and helping them take control of their careers. Our members come from all over the music profession, from stage and screen to classroom and studio.

Hear from one of our members

My ISM is 'independence' because it's great for independent musicians like myself who really benefit from having a group of people not directly involved with our work watching our backs.

James Mainwaring. Multi-Instrumentalist and Composer.