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Early career membership

Support, advice and essential services for less than £1 a week

No matter your route into the music sector, ISM early career membership provides you with affordable support, protection and representation whilst you navigate the exciting first few years of your career.

With musicians facing ever increasing uncertainty, our role is to offer stability. We are here to advise you with contracts, protect you with insurances, empower you with industry advice, support your wellbeing and much more.

What are the benefits?

  • Expert advice when you need it most - unlimited legal support for guidance on everything from contracts to copyright and royalties
  • Career development resources - access hundreds of online articles covering everything from promoting yourself, running your business and working with a manager to staying healthy, remote working and much more
  • Protection - professional insurances worth over £235 a year, including £10m public liability insurance cover, and an unpaid fees recovery service to ensure you get paid
  • Save money - exclusive discounts on everything from instrument and equipment insurance, recording and rehearsal spaces, and hearing protection to car hire, Apple products and more
  • Networking and community - connect with over 10,000 fellow ISM members from all areas of the music industry
  • Promotion - listing on the ISM Music Directory, the UK’s only online directory of verified music professionals, and promotion of your gigs and concerts through our social media – reach an audience of over 20,000
  • Health and wellbeing services - free telephone and face-to-face counselling and a free physiotherapy service

Your first three years for less than £1 a week

Early career membership lasts for four years and represents a saving of over £460 compared to paying our full rate.

Year of membershipAnnual priceMonthly Direct Debit price
First year of membership£50

£5 x 10

Second year of membership£50£5 x 10
Third year of membership£50£5 x 10
Fourth year of membership£110£11 x 10

How do I join?

New member?

If you have been working professionally for fewer than 10 years or you are a recent, first time graduate at level four or above, you can get this discounted rate. Join by clicking below or call us on 0207 221 3499, Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm.

Been a member before?

To re-join, please call us on the number above. We'll be very pleased to welcome you back to membership.

Hear from a current member

Our other membership grades

If you're studying (full or part-time) at level four or above, take a look at our student rate membership for just £15 a year. Alternatively, if you're more established in your career, find out how full rate membership will support you.

Full membership

£181 per year. Save £10 with annual Direct Debit or pay monthly: £18.10 over 10 months.