ISM announces first time sponsorship of RPS Awards

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has announced that it is to become a new sponsor of the Royal Philharmonic Society Music Awards. This is the first time that the ISM, the professional association for musicians, has sponsored an RPS Music Award. The ISM’s sponsorship is for the Opera and Music Theatre category.

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

This is a significant development for the ISM. The ISM’s members include performers, composers and music educators and we have championed musicians and music-making for 130 years. We are proud to become one of RPS’s sponsors this year and celebrate music-making of the highest quality.

Rosemary Johnson, Executive Director of the Royal Philharmonic Society, said:

The RPS Music Awards respond to the zeitgeist, but set the bar for excellence. It is an approach that finds a strong parallel in the ISM’s potent advocacy and professional support for musicians. We are, therefore, delighted to welcome the ISM as first time sponsors of the RPS Music Award for Opera and Music Theatre, an area of music which, like the ISM, is never afraid to use its voice.

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Notes to Editors:

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional association for musicians providing a distinctive range of services to its membership of performers and music professionals. The Incorporated Society of Musicians aims to promote the art of music and champion the interests of musicians, raising professional standards, and providing legal advice and other benefits to its members. Its members include performers, composers, music teachers and industry professionals. The ISM has over 100 corporate members including all the music Conservatoires, university music departments, Trinity Guildhall, ABRSM, Association of British Orchestras, Federation of Music Services, Jazz Services, Music for Youth, Oxford University Press, specialist music schools including Chetham’s School of Music and the Yehudi Menuhin School, as well as music industry and trade organisations such as PPL, the Music Industries Association, Yamaha Music, and the International Artist Managers’ Association.
RPS AWARDS

The annual RPS [Royal Philharmonic Society] Music Awards, presented in association with BBC Radio 3, are the highest recognition for live classical music in the UK. Awards, in thirteen categories, are decided by independent panels consisting of some of the music industry’s most distinguished practitioners. The awards honour musicians, composers, writers, broadcasters and inspirational arts organisations. The list of previous winners reads like a Who’s Who of classical music. This year’s RPS Music Awards celebrate outstanding achievement in 2011.

Shortlists for this year’s RPS Music Awards will be announced on BBC Radio 3’s In Tune on Tuesday 17 April, with winners announced at the RPS Music Awards ceremony at London’s Dorchester Hotel on Tuesday 8 May. BBC Radio 3 will broadcast a special RPS Music Awards ‘Performance on 3’ on Sunday 13 May at 2pm. www.rpsmusicawards.com