ISM announces two new professional development courses for 2012

'Musicians are often running a micro-business in order to survive and require core business skills to succeed' says Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the ISM, the professional association for musicians.

Two new professional development courses for 2012 are today announced by the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional association for musicians. Essential Business Skills is a one-day training course from the ISM, designed to nurture and develop business management skills among today’s professional musicians. The course aims to be particularly useful to musicians working in a landscape which has seen changes to public funding as well as the significant number of self-employed musicians in the UK - 36% of the UK’s professional musicians are self-employed compared to 13% in the UK economy as a whole*. A recent survey of ISM members also revealed a 6% increase in members deriving income from two or more activities. The Essential Business Skills course provides four workshops across one full day supporting musicians in the development of their micro-businesses. Delegates will learn from ISM professionals and experts from the music sector how to promote themselves, manage their finances, negotiate contracts, utilise social media and gain a better understanding of their legal rights.

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

‘In these challenging economic times it’s more important than ever that musicians have the skills and support needed to manage their careers. ISM is here to help empower musicians and the Essential Business Skills course is invaluable for any arts professional seeking to start their own business or work in a self-employed capacity.’

ISM is also delighted to present The Virtuoso Teacher, an inspirational training event from leading educator and writer Paul Harris. The Virtuoso Teacher is an opportunity to explore a range of innovative teaching techniques. The course, which takes place at Birmingham Conservatoire on Saturday 26 May 2012 (11am to 4pm), will help teachers engage with and inspire students, apply motivational techniques and create memorable learning experiences.

For more information and to book please go to www.ism.org/training
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Notes to Editors:

26 May 2012
The Virtuoso Teacher will be led by Paul Harris and takes place at Birmingham Conservatoire on Saturday 26 May 2012, 11am to 4pm
Birmingham Conservatoire, Paradise Place, B3 3HG
This event is aimed at those working in music education, including private and peripatetic teachers. Those considering a music teaching career and those who run musical workshops will also benefit from attending this course.

Price: £45 ISM member, £10 ISM student member, £60 non-member (all prices are inclusive of VAT). Students who are currently studying for a full time music course, at degree level, qualify for a £20 non-member student rate. This fee includes one year of student membership with the ISM (currently £12).

18 June, 2012
Essential Business Skills takes place on at The Unicorn Theatre, London on Monday 18 June (10am – 5pm). Venue: The Unicorn Theatre, 147 Tooley Street, London SE1 2HZ.
This course will be delivered by expert professionals with knowledge and experience in arts management, marketing, employment and copyright law, and music business. The day includes a series of workshops, presentations and plenty of opportunities for networking and discussion.

Price: £45 ISM member, £10 ISM student member, £60 non-member (all prices are inclusive of VAT). Students who are currently studying for a full time music course, at degree level, qualify for a £20 non-member student rate. This fee includes one year of student membership with the ISM.

*Source - Creative and Cultural Skills (2010). Music: Impact and Footprint 2010/11. Creative and Cultural Skills.

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.

Paul Harris studied at the Royal Academy of Music and the University of London and is now one of the UK’s leading educationalists. He has over six hundred publications to his name mostly dealing with a vast array of subjects concerning music education. His Music Teacher's Companion (co-written with Richard Crozier), won the UK's MIA Best New Book award. He writes regularly for many of the major international music magazines, including Music Teacher, BBC Music Magazine and the American ICA journal. Paul has also undertaken research into specialist music education for the highly talented (the clarinet prodigy Julian Bliss number among his pupils), an interest that has taken him to many musical institutions around the world. He has also co-authored (with Anthony Meredith) major biographies of Sir Malcolm Arnold, (Malcolm Arnold: Rogue Genius), Malcolm Williamson, (Malcolm Williamson: Mischievous Muse) and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. In 2006 Paul Harris's commitment to the music of Arnold led to the establishing of an annual Malcolm Arnold Festival in the composer’s hometown of Northampton. At the beginning of the Autumn term 2010, Paul was appointed Lecturer in the Principles of Education at the Royal Academy of Music in London and more recently he has been appointed visiting professor at the Odense Conservatoire in Denmark.