Join us as a graduate member for £50

Or pay just £5 a month over ten months

Who is the ISM?

We are the UK's professional body for musicians and a subject association for music.

Established in 1882, we are a unique professional community of over 9,200 musicians, working in all areas of music; from stage and studio to classroom and office. Our members receive a unique set of benefits, career essentials that you can't live without in these challenging times.

We understand that finances can be tight at the beginning of your music career so we have reduced our membership by 70% for musicians who have graduated with their first music degree in the last ten years.

What can we do for you?

We are here for everyone working at a professional level in the music sector, from performers to administrators.

Our membership includes:

Protection

An unpaid fees recovery service and insurances worth over £235 a year, including £10m public liability and £100k legal expenses cover.

Promotion

A free listing on the Music Directory, the UK’s only online directory of verified music professionals, and promotion of your gigs and concerts to our 20,000 social media followers.

Recognition

Letters after your name to demonstrate your professional status and standing as a member of the UK's professional body for musicians.

Support

A 24-hour counselling and personal advice helpline, tax helpline and debt advice helpline.

Development and networking

Discounted tickets for our award-winning professional development events where you can meet musicians from all over the UK and from all walks of life.

Legal representation and advice

Bespoke legal support including a 24-hour legal helpline and specialist advice on everything from contracts, employment and freelance working, to copyright and royalties.

Savings

Exclusive discounts on everything from instruments and equipment to cinema tickets, gym membership and instrument insurance.

Empowerment

We empower and develop our members with online advice from our experts, webinars, award-winning events, resources and publications including our new How To... series.

Get a taster of our advice

The Empowered Musician 'How to' series

Selected advice from The Empowered Musician How to… series including tips on reaching a digital audience, marketing, working with an artist manager and playing at a festival.

The ISM Teachers' Pack

This pack is a helpful guide for all instrumental and vocal teachers, whether you are employed, work freelance in schools or teach privately.

My ISM is security. I know the ISM have my back in every gig and every record that I make.

Kit Downes. Pianist and Composer.


We are a subject association for music

Putting musicians in control of their careers