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Can I be a member if I don't live in the UK?

Yes! As well as representing thousands of members in the UK, we have a number of internationally-based members who enjoy a wide range of services which support their careers and help them to connect with colleagues.

All our members add their voices to our vital lobbying work as we campaign across issues affecting the industry. This includes ensuring musicians can tour easily, and that they can work free from discrimination, as well as topics such as copyright. Our international members provide a valuable perspective on how other countries approach these and other important issues facing musicians.

Below you can discover the benefits of ISM membership whether you are based in an EU member country or further afield.

Benefits for musicians based in the EU

  • public and product liability insurance up to £10 million
  • an unpaid fees recovery service (covers lost earnings up to £100k, providing the debtor is within the EU, UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man, Norway and Switzerland)
  • a free visa and work permit advice service through our partners Viva La Visa
  • a digital subscription to Music Journal - our bi-monthly magazine featuring insightful articles, interviews with high-profile musicians, updates on our work and news from fellow members
  • extensive health and wellbeing support through the ISM Members Fund including telephone and video counselling, CBT and a telephone physiotherapy service
  • access to our online advice centre containing expert guidance on everything from marketing and promotion, to securing funding, health and wellbeing and more
  • a regular e-newsletter keeping you informed of ISM news
  • discounted rates (where applicable) on everything from instruments and equipment to hearing protection and promotional services
  • networking and community tools including an exclusive member-only Facebook group
  • use of the MISM or FISM letters after your name to demonstrate your enhanced status as a member of a professional body
  • discounted tickets to all ISM events (virtual and in-person) including our annual conference - enjoy discussions from industry experts and performances from world-class musicians
  • Digital publications including our Handbook

Benefits for musicians based outside the EU

  • a free visa and work permit advice service through our partners Viva La Visa
  • extensive health and wellbeing support through the ISM Members Fund including telephone and video counselling, CBT and a telephone physiotherapy service
  • a subscription to Music Journal- our bi-monthly magazine featuring insightful articles, interviews with high-profile musicians, updates on our work and news from fellow members
  • access to our online advice centre containing expert guidance on everything from marketing and promotion, to securing funding, health and wellbeing and more
  • a regular e-newsletter keeping you informed of ISM news
  • networking and community tools including an exclusive member-only Facebook group
  • use of the MISM or FISM letters after your name to demonstrate your enhanced status as a member of a professional body
  • discounted tickets to all ISM events (virtual and in-person) including our annual conference - enjoy discussions from industry experts and performances from world-class musicians
  • discounted rates (where applicable) on everything from instruments and equipment to hearing protection and promotional services
  • digital publications including our Handbook

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