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Cookie policy

About cookies

Cookies are small packets of information stored by a web browser on your computer.

There are two main types of cookies: session cookies and persistent cookies.

  1. Session cookies are removed from your computer when you close your browser and are mainly used, for example, to store information about the items in your shopping basket.
  2. Conversely, persistent cookies remain stored on your computer until they are deleted or when they reach their expiry date. This type of cookie is often used to anonymously track your activity on a website so the website owner can analyse the data to see if there are ways they can improve their website.

There are many reasons why a website may use cookies, however, the important thing to know about them is they are harmless.

Like every other website on the Internet, we also use cookies. We mainly use them to help us understand how our website is performing.

As there are only a few cookies used on this website, we have listed them all here.

First party cookies


Created by the Content Management System (CMS) to determine if a user is logged into the CMS or not.

  • Duration: End of session


Created by the Content Management System (CMS) and used as protection against Cross-Site Request Forgery attacks (CSRF), where form submissions can be hijacked.

  • Duration: End of session


Used to identify if a member is logged in or out of My ISM.

    • Duration: End of session


    Created by the Content Management System (CMS) and also used to identify if a member is logged in or out of My ISM.

    • Duration: End of session

    Third party cookies

    Google Analytics

    Incorporated Society of Musicians uses Google Analytics to monitor traffic levels, search queries and visits to this website. Google Analytics stores IP address (anonymously) on its servers in the United States, and neither Incorporated Society of Musicians or Google associates your IP address with any personally identifiable information.


    • Duration: 2 years
    • Description: The analytics.js JavaScript library is part of Universal Analytics and uses a single first-party cookie containing an anonymous identifier used to distinguish users. By default, this library sets cookies on the top level domain, excluding the leading dot, and sets the cookie path to the root level (/).

    More information about Google’s cookie policy can be read at

    Refusing cookies

    Most browsers allow you to refuse to accept cookies, however, blocking cookies will have a negative impact upon the usability of some websites.

    Managing cookies for each browser differs, so we have provided links to more detailed information for some the more popular browsers: