ISM: Manifesto for Musicians published

  • The professional body for musicians has released their one-page Manifesto for Musicians ahead of General Election
  • The Manifesto calls for freedom of movement for creatives, the reform or scrapping of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) and support for tackling the stigma surrounding mental health
  • The ISM is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians, set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has today (30 May 2017) released its manifesto for musicians ahead of the General Election 2017.

Amongst several asks, including a pledge to scrap or reform the English Baccalaureate, support for institutions working to tackle stigma around mental health, and a commitment to protecting intellectual property rights of creatives, the manifesto calls for guaranteed freedom of movement for musicians and creative professionals after Brexit with a cultural exemption from visa and tax rules across all 27 remaining EU states.

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

‘Our music profession – and creative artists across the UK – generate billions in income for the UK Exchequer and (as demonstrated by horn player Anneke Scott), musicians perform in many EU countries. Their livelihood needs protecting after Brexit with a cultural pass if we are to avoid destroying our creative economy. But Brexit will also mean an urgent need to invest in the knowledge and skills the future workforce will need. We must protect the pipeline of talent underpinning the success of our creative industries and its £87.4 billion contribution to the UK economy. We hope that whichever Party forms the new Government, it will listen to what our profession needs to flourish and thrive and continue to be the best in the world.’

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About the ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the UK’s fastest growing professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. We were set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians. Today we support nearly 8,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement and beyond.

We have always been a wholly independent, not-for-profit organisation, allowing us to lobby Government as a united voice for music. We welcome musicians from all areas of the profession including thousands of performers, composers, educators, sound engineers, producers, industry professionals, academics, music therapists and administrators from all genres and musical backgrounds.