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Expert advice

'Your advice and help throughout this very challenging time is hugely appreciated.'

ISM member during 2020

Comprehensive online advice

As a member, you will have access to hundreds of advice pages on a range of subjects including running your business, marketing and promotion, legal matters, copyright and performers’ rights, child protection and safeguarding, DBS checks, personal finance and much more.

We offer regularly updated advice in key areas that affect musicians, including Brexit and COVID-19, and keep members up-to-date with news emails full of need-to-know information for navigating the profession.

You can also download practical resources including template contracts, agreements and invoices, information sheets and record-keeping tools.

Support with travelling abroad for work

Get advice and support for travelling abroad for your career in music. Our visa and work permit advice service is run in partnership with entertainment visa experts Viva la Visa, and offers advice tailored to your situation. Members can also access discounted ATA carnets in order to access documentation that eases the process of travelling with an instrument or equipment in 70 countries worldwide.

There are a range of ISM services and discounts that will help you travel in the EU and beyond.

Wellbeing support and advice

We have a wide range of pages covering health and wellbeing topics including mental and physical health. ISM members can also contact our 24-hour personal advice and support line for professional help, including phone counselling.

Based on member feedback, we launched a range of services available to members through our sister charity, the ISM Members Fund. We offer a free physiotherapy service for members as well as a counselling service, which includes face-to-face counselling and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT).

Advice packs and toolkits

Our advice packs introduce key topic and areas of the sector:

  • Performers Pack
  • Composers Pack
  • Self-Publishing Pack
  • Teachers Pack
  • Play: A psychological toolkit for optimal music performance
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