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ISM/MTA joint membership offer

Join the ISM and the MTA from £186.75 a year

Get up to 25% off the cost of both memberships

Music teachers with ISM and MTA memberships will have access to the complete range of services a music teaching professional needs today, along with connections across the music education sector in the UK.

What are the benefits?

  • research and advice to help you in the classroom
  • access to an active community of music educators
  • discounted rates for award-winning professional development events including National Curriculum, progression and assessment, and GCSE workshops
  • job listings from the MTA - be the first to hear about teaching vacancies
  • discounted musical instrument and equipment insurance
  • DBS check service and advice
  • 24-hour legal and counselling helplines
  • opportunities to join the ISM’s expert Educators’ Special Interest Group and have a direct impact on music education policy
  • conferences, Inset days, networking events and webinars
  • ISM Music Journal, MTA Ensemble magazine and MTA Music Department Directory

For full details, see the complete list of ISM member benefits and the MTA website.


ISM and MTA full membership - £186.75

ISM full membership and MTA VMT/instrumental (freelance) membership - £177.75 a year

This offer is only available with ISM full membership.

MTA/ISM joint members are required to pay each membership fee, with the 25% discount applied, directly to each organisation. Both MTA full and MTA VMT/Instrumental members will pay £135.75 for their ISM membership.

Routes to membership

The ISM is a professional body and so you must be working in music at a professional level to join. Please choose one of the following 'routes to membership' on your application form (download below) so that we can verify that you are a professional working in music.

Qualified route

If you have a music-related qualification at level four (HNC) or above simply enter the name of your qualification, the institution you studied at and the year you graduated when you complete the application form below.

Membership Officer approval route

If you are working professional within music, it is likely that you'll be able to join us through our Membership Officer approval scheme. Simply call our Membership Officer on 020 7221 3499 or email [email protected].

In order to gauge the level that you're working at, our Membership Officer will ask about your experience and background within music. We may ask for other evidence of your work, such as awards, achievements, publications or other professional recognition. If you're earning a living from your work in music, it is likely that your application will be accepted.

Find out more.

Reference route

You can ask two of your professional colleagues to provide references to support your application. One of your referees must be a current ISM member. Simply provide their contact details on the application form below.

Fast-track route

If you satisfy one of the following criteria please provide the name of the relevant ensemble, artist management company, record label, higher education institution or publisher on your application form.

  • You are music teaching staff at a higher education institution which offers a degree or equivalent with music as a significant component or who works in a specialist music school
  • You have won a recognised award on our fast-track list
  • You are booked or employed to play for an orchestra or are part of a professional freelance group or ensemble, musical theatre company or opera group
  • You are booked by any choir from the current list of professional/cathedral choirs and opera choruses
  • You are currently represented by a management company who is a member of IAMA (International Artist Managers’ Association)
  • You have a recording contract with a label which is a member of AIM (The Association of Independent Music) or the BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
  • Your compositions are published by a company which is a member of the MPA (Music Publishers Association)
  • You are or have been part of a young artist scheme on our fast-track list

Find out if you are eligible to join the ISM via the fast-track route by browsing our fast-track list.

​How to join


Call us on 020 7221 3499 and we'll take your details over the phone.