ISM membership for music managers and administrators

We can support you in your music career

If you're working in music management and administration, you can join the ISM and take advantage of our range of high-quality services and music sector knowledge. Whether you're working in A&R at a label, marketing an orchestra or managing the logistics of a busy school music department, ISM membership is for you. If you're freelance or you are employed, knowing you have the backing of your professional body will empower you in your career.

What are the benefits?

  • Legal, contract and employment support - bespoke legal support including a 24- hour legal helpline and specialist advice on everything from contracts to workplace grievances.
  • Expert knowledge - whatever your career path, we offer a wealth of award-winning online resources, hundreds of advice pages on a range of subjects from rates to business tips, Brexit to copyright and performers’ rights, GDPR and much more.
  • Tax help - Our free tax helpline is staffed by experts who can help with any tax or NI issue.
  • Professional community - increase your network at our seminars and events and keep in touch with the wider music world through our regular news and campaign updates.
  • Discounts - exclusive discounts on everything from instruments and equipment to cinema tickets, gym membership and instrument insurance
  • Wellbeing support - our 24/7 counselling and personal advice helpline can arrange a structured series of appointments so you can talk to someone when you need it most.

  • Campaigning - the ISM has a long history of standing up for the rights of the music profession. Get involved with our campaigns and help us fight for the future of music.

  • Grove Music Online - you can access an expansive and authoritative source of music scholarship for free.

  • Claim back your membership fee - however you pay tax, you can claim back part of your membership fee as a professional expense.
  • and much more

How do I join?

The ISM is a professional body so you must be working in music at a professional level to join us. As everyone has a different pathway into music, there are different ways that you can demonstrate that you are working at a professional level.

  • You can tell us about your work in the music sector in a short informal phone interview.
  • If you've got a music degree (or equivalent level qualification) you can join via our qualified route.
  • If you're working for one of our fast track organisations, tell us and you'll be eligible to join.

Call us and speak to our membership team on 020 7221 3499, or join online.

Full membership

£171 (annual Direct Debit)/£181 per year or pay monthly: £18.10 a month over ten months.

'ISM membership provides a sense of family. Knowing a support network is always there is a great comfort.'

Craig Ogden, ISM member

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