ISM unveils brand-new, essential services for members

  • January saw the launch of brand-new services from the ISM, including an essential guide on working as a musician and Member Connect, an interactive, searchable, member-to-member digital platform
  • New services build on membership offering from the ISM, which includes one-to-one legal services, specialist insurances, bespoke professional development delivered by the ISM Trust, and health and wellbeing services delivered by the ISM Members Fund.

This month, the ISM has released two brand-new services for its members: a Handbook on navigating a career as musician and the interactive digital platform Member Connect.

In an ever-increasingly complex and evolving music sector, it is vital musicians have the know-how and up-to-date advice at their fingertips. With this in mind, the ISM has created a crucial Handbook for members to include not only more detail regarding member benefits, but an extensive range of articles and advice covering all of the important topics and advice in order to operate as a professional musician. Topics in this new Handbook include starting out as a musician; promoting your work; essential contract advice; how to make funding applications; the differences between employment statuses; setting fees; health and wellbeing including hearing health and mental health awareness, and more.

Alongside the Handbook, the ISM has also launched Member Connect, an interactive, searchable, member-to-member digital platform. Member Connect allows ISM members to make contact with fellow members in the ISM community and search using a wide range of search options including location, musical profession, genre and instrument (using information included in the ISM Music Directory).

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

‘2020 is already proving to be an exciting year for the ISM, with the introduction of two brand-new services for our members.

Our new Handbook is a crucial guide to everything you need to know to work as a musician in 2020 and is a useful addition to any musicians’ bookshelf.

We also understand how important networking is to musicians, particularly when seeking work opportunities. Therefore we are delighted to also introduce Member Connect, which will allow members to connect with other members quickly, easily and safely.

Since 1882, the ISM has supported the music profession and promoted the art of music in any way possible whether it be through our membership services, lobbying or the setting up of our sister charities the ISM Members Fund and ISM Trust. The ISM has always evaluated and evolved with the needs of our musician members and music sector and we look forward to continuing to support our members in the next decade.’

In late 2019, the ISM introduced two new pilot health and wellbeing services including a face-to-face counselling service and physiotherapy service (the first of its kind to be offered in the music sector) through the ISM Members’ Fund. Find out more at

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.