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Join us in the fight for music education

Read about the scale of the crisis facing music education in England by downloading our latest report. Help us fight to save music education in schools by joining the Bacc for the Future campaign.

Music Education: State of the Nation is a crucial report, published in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the Incorporated Society of Musicians, that shows how Government policy around accountability measures and the curriculum has contributed to a sharp decline in opportunities for pupils to have access to a music education. Its recommendations show the breadth of the problem – but also how easily the Government could act to address some of the most pressing issues, at little or no financial cost.

Download Music Education: State of the Nation

Join the ISM from £15

Become part of the ISM, the organisation at the forefront of campaigning for music education. You'll be joining a professional community of musicians and music educators who are backed by our support, unparalleled services, expertise and ground-breaking campaigns work.

Full membership

£183 per year. Save £10 with annual Direct Debit or pay monthly: £18.30 over 10 months.

Membership benefits

  • £10m public liability insurance cover
  • £100k legal expenses insurance cover
  • bespoke legal support and representation including a 24-hour legal helpline and specialist advice
  • unpaid fees recovery service
  • a free listing in our Music Directory, the UK's only online directory of verified music professionals
  • enhanced professional status including letters after your name and ISM Registered Private Teacher status
  • DBS Disclosure service and advice
  • opportunities to join our Educators Special Interest Group and have a direct impact on Government education policy
  • access to a professional community of music educators
  • resources including online advice, template contracts and fees surveys
  • unlimited discounted insurance on any number of musical instruments and equipment of any value
  • discounted tickets for our award-winning professional development events and networking opportunities...

...and much more.

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More about the ISM

We are the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music, supporting over 9,200 members with a unique combination of professional services, unparalleled in-house expertise and campaigns.

We believe in empowering musicians, helping them take control of their careers and enhancing their working lives. Our members come from all over the music profession and include thousands of classroom, peripatetic and private music teachers.

The ISM empowers its members to be part of a much bigger music education community and enables each one of us to have a voice and be part of a national force for change. With the ISM we can all make a difference.

Sue Hollingworth. ISM member, Choral Director and Music Educator.