ISM launches first-of-its-kind survey on what musicians need in a post-Brexit world

  • The survey called ‘Be part of the post-Brexit negotiations' asks all musicians for their views on what needs to be in future trade deals with the EU and elsewhere
  • The survey runs from Tuesday 4 February to Monday 9 March and is available at:

The ISM has today (Tuesday 4 February) launched a first-of-its kind survey in order to gather crucial evidence so that musicians have a chance to shape the Government’s future trade negotiations between the UK, the EU, and other countries.

In addition to capturing further data on the impact of Brexit on working in the EU, musicians will for the first time be asked about the realities of travelling and working in non-EU countries, in particular the USA, Japan, China and India, looking at everything from mobility and visas, to the movement of instruments and equipment, tax, social security and healthcare.

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians said:

‘The UK has now entered the transition period, following leaving the EU. The ISM has a critical role in making sure that musicians get the very best deal in the forthcoming trade negotiations.

We need to hear from every musician who travels outside the UK so that we can tell Government exactly what needs to be in future trade deals to protect musicians and the music industry. We must not forget the vital role the music sector plays not just in providing jobs, but also in generating soft power which increases the UK’s profile across the world.

Make your voice heard and complete the survey by 9 March 2020.’

About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK's professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, we have been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession. We support approximately 10,000 musicians across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds. We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.

For more information, please contact [email protected].

Are you signed up to the Save Music campaign?

The Save Music campaign, launched in October 2018 by the Incorporated Society of Musicians, is calling for a two-year working visa, amongst other asks, to allow musicians to tour easily in the EU and EEA.

For more information about the Save Music campaign, please contact [email protected].