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New partners announced for ISM Conference

  • Classic FM announced as media partner for the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award
  • Leeds College of Music announced as sponsor of the ISM’s Conference

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM), the professional body for musicians, is delighted to announce two new partners for this year’s ISM Conference. Classic FM joins as media partner for the ISM’s Distinguished Musician Award. The award, which celebrates the standout achievements of a musician who has made significant impact on the musical landscape in 2013, will be presented at the ISM’s Conference at Birmingham Conservatoire on Wednesday 16 April 2014. Classic FM will feature the presentation of the award on the Classic FM website in the days following the event together with an interview with the winner. Leeds College of Music is announced as overall sponsor of the ISM’s Conference. This is the first time the college has partnered with the ISM.

Veronique Fricke, Leeds College of Music, comments:

“We are delighted to become a platinum ISM member and to sponsor a key event at the forthcoming ISM conference. Leeds College of Music values ISM’s significant and nationwide advocacy work, providing professional support for musicians and celebrating music-making of the highest quality.”

Classic FM’s Managing Director Darren Henley said:

“Both Classic FM and the ISM believe that music has the power to change people's lives for the better, so we are proud to be joining the ISM as a media partner for their Distinguished Musician Award, celebrating the major contribution of a musician to music life in the UK.”

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive, ISM, comments:

“I am delighted to welcome a new sponsor and media partner for ISM’s conference. We have put together a fascinating event which we hope will inspire and inform.”

The ISM conference, aimed at musicians and music industry professionals, presents a range of seminars, talks and debates plus a trade exhibition and networking opportunities and gives music industry and education professionals the opportunity to share views and hear from a wide-range of experts from across the music industry.

The ISM Conference takes place on 16 and 17 April 2014 at Birmingham Conservatoire. To find out more and book your place, please visit


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Notes to Editors

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians, providing a distinctive range of services to its membership of music professionals. The ISM 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, ABRSM, Trinity College London, Association of British Orchestras, Music Mark, Jazz Services, Music for Youth, Oxford University Press, specialist music schools as well as music industry and trade organisations such as the Music Industries Association, Yamaha Music, and the International Artist Managers’ Association.

Global’s national classical music radio station Classic FM is the UK’s largest commercial radio station with 5.6 million listeners tuning in every week. Broadcast on 100-102 FM, Classic FM is also available on DAB Digital Radio, Sky Channel 0106, Virgin TV Channel 92 and through