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ISM/MTA joint membership offer

Join the ISM and the MTA from £177.75 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?

ISM membership provides:

  • expert legal advice and representation
  • unpaid fees recovery service
  • DBS, PVG and Access NI safeguarding checks
  • £10m public liability insurance cover
  • discounted instrument and equipment insurance
  • dedicated legal and tax helplines
  • extensive online advice on everything from employment rights to promoting yourself
  • award-winning professional development events
  • 24-hour counselling helpline and face-to-face counselling support
  • physiotherapy service
  • exclusive music-related and lifestyle discounts
  • a community of over 11,000 music professionals

MTA membership provides:

  • research and advice to help you in the classroom
  • access to an active community of music educators
  • 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
  • conferences, Inset days, networking events and webinars
  • MTA Ensemble magazine and MTA Music Department Directory

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

How much does it cost?

The MTA offer two subscription grades:

Full membership (for salaried teachers)

The total fee for both ISM and MTA full membership (including 25% discount on both subscription fees) is £186.75.

MTA VMT/instrumental membership
(for freelancers)

The total fee for both ISM and MTA VMT/instrumental membership (including 25% discount on both subscription fees) is £177.75

Both MTA full and MTA VMT/Instrumental members will pay £135.75 for their ISM membership and pay the remaining amount directly to the MTA - see 'How do I join?' below.

This offer is only available with ISM full membership.

​How do I join?

Join the ISM at the joint rate via one of the two buttons below or call us on 020 7221 3499 and we'll take your details over the phone. You'll then need to contact the MTA to join them at the discounted rate.

Routes to membership

The ISM is a professional body and so you must be working in music at a professional level to join. When you join, you'll be asked to specify one of the following 'routes to membership' so that we can verify your professional status.

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.

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.