About our campaigning

In 1882 the ISM was set up to promote the art of music and protect the honour and interests of the music profession. The ISM has a long history of standing up for the rights of performers, composers, educators and the whole music profession and this work is as vital today as it was then. Our first mention in parliament was more than 80 years ago.

We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We actively lobby Government on behalf of our members to create a united voice for music. We listen to our members, to the music industry, and to the arts and education sectors in order to develop fully informed and effective campaigns.

Our groundbreaking and influential campaigns focus on everything from protecting music education to defending freedom of movement for musicians combating discrimination in the music sector to and fighting for better employment protection for all musicians.

Our current campaigns include:

BACC for the Future
Save Music
Dignity at work
FreeMoveCreate