Who can join the ISM?

We are the only organisation that supports and represents professionals from all areas of the music industry. Examples of people who can become ISM members include performers (instrumentalists, vocalists, DJs etc), composers, educators, music managers, record label representatives, audio engineers and orchestral administrators.

Everyone has a different route into music. That’s why we offer various ways that you can join us. Please select one of the following routes to membership when you join online or over the phone.

Qualified route

If you have a level four (HNC) or above qualification in a music-related subject simply enter the name of your qualification, the institution you studied at and the year you graduated when you apply online.

Finished your course within the last 10 years?

If you gained your first qualification at level four or above within the last 10 years, you can save 70% on the price of membership by joining at our specially discounted early career rate which applies for four years.

Current music student?

If you are currently studying (full or part-time) at level four or above, you can save 90% on the price of membership by joining us a student member.

Studying a different subject?

If you are studying a non music-related course at level four or above and are involved with music outside your course (for example you regularly perform in a university orchestra or band, or you teach music), it’s likely you can still join. You can apply online at any time. We'll ask you for a short biography about your extra curricular musical activities. Alternatively, apply over the phone by calling 020 7221 3499, Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Not studied music but have qualifications at level four or above?

If you gained your first qualification at level four or above in a non music-related subject (ie BA History) within the last 10 years and are working as a music professional, you can save 70% on the price of membership by joining at our specially discounted early career rate which applies for four years. To join, apply online at any time. We'll ask you for a short biography about your work within the music sector. Alternatively, just call our membership team for an informal discussion about your career. Call us on 020 7221 3499, Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Membership Officer approval route

Fewer than 10 years' experience?

If you have been working within the music sector for fewer than 10 years, you are eligible for specially discounted early career rate which applies for four years of membership. To join, apply online at any time. We'll ask you for a short biography about your work within the music sector. Alternatively, just call our membership team for an informal discussion about your career. Call us on 020 7221 3499, Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

More than 10 years’ experience?

If you have more than 10 years’ experience as a music professional, you can join us as a full rate member. You can apply online at any time. We'll ask you for a short biography about your work within the music sector. Alternatively, just call our membership team for an informal discussion about your career. Call us on 020 7221 3499, Monday - Friday, 9.30am - 5.30pm.

Reference route

You can ask two of your professional colleagues to provide references to support your application. One of your referees should be a current ISM member. Simply provide us with their contact details when you apply.

Fast-track route

You can join the ISM through the fast-track route if you satisfy one or more of the criteria below. Please provide the name of the relevant ensemble, funding body, award, artist management company, young or emerging artist scheme, record label, higher education institution or publisher when you apply online or over the phone.

  • 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 on our fast-track list
  • You are booked by any choir or chorus on our fast-track list
  • 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)
  • 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
  • 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 or emerging artist scheme on our fast-track list
  • You have won or been nominated for a recognised award on our fast-track list
  • You have won funding from a major arts funding body on our fast-track list

Download our fast track list

Rejoining the ISM

If you were previously an ISM member, all you need to do is contact us on 020 7221 3499, Monday - Friday, 9:30am - 5:30pm or email [email protected] and we can restart your membership.