About us

The ISM is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music

We were set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and protect the interests of musicians. 

We are a wholly independent organisation supporting over 8,000 members from all areas of the profession and from all musical backgrounds. Our members include thousands of performers, composers, educators, academics, music administrators, music technology professionals, music therapists and portfolio musicians.

Giving musicians a voice and empowering them in an ever-changing sector is of vital important to us. With your help we continue to successfully campaign to protect musicians' rights, music education and the music profession as a whole. Our financial and political independence allows us the freedom to take the concerns of musicians to Government regardless of which political party is in power.