ISM releases Manifesto for Musicians ahead of General Election 2019

  • Headline asks include the call for an all-encompassing deal to protect the music community in the event that Brexit goes ahead, which includes the introduction of a two-year, multi-entry visa for musicians
  • It also calls for the reform or abolition of the English Baccalaureate (EBacc) which is causing so much harm to music education in our secondary schools and undermining the incredibly valuable creative industries
  • The ISM is the UK’s professional body for musicians, set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all those working in the music sector

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has today (8 November 2019) released its manifesto for musicians ahead of the General Election 2019.

Amongst several asks, including adding a sixth pillar to the English Baccalaureate, a long-term commitment to music education hub funding of at least £100m per annum and ensuring equalities legislation effectively covers all freelancers, the manifesto calls for an all-encompassing deal that protects musicians and their livelihoods post-Brexit.

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


'Our latest Brexit report 'Impact of Brexit on Musicians' demonstrates how much the music workforce depends on EU27/EEA countries for professional work, and reveals a profession who are deeply concerned about the future as the UK prepares to leave the EU.

We need to stay focused on ensuring that post-Brexit there is a comprehensive deal in place which will protect every aspect of the musician’s working life. This includes everything from a two-year, multi-entry visa to ensuring that musicians can take their instruments easily across the channel to work in the EU. At the moment there seems to be a huge number of obstacles in the path of our music community which will severely damage not just their livelihood but also the music sector.

Music knows no boundaries and it is vital Brexit does not put in place artificial rules and regulations that will deeply damage the music community for decades to come.’


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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 almost 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.