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About us

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music.

Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. We support over 11,000 members across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal expertise, comprehensive insurance and specialist services.

Our members come from all areas of the music profession, and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. As well as working musicians, our membership also includes part-time and full-time students, and retired musicians.

We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians' rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.

The ISM was named Individual Member Association of the Year at the UK Association Awards 2021.