The Incorporated Society of Musicians and the Royal College of Organists announce new partnership

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) and the Royal College of Organists (RCO) have announced a new partnership designed to increase the breadth and availability of support for organists and choral directors.

The partnership will see the two organisations working together to build and deliver a wide range of services, information and development opportunities for organists and choral directors.

Members of either organisation will also be able to join the other at a 25% discount.

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

‘We are delighted to confirm our partnership with the Royal College of Organists to increase support for organists and choral directors in the music profession.
Our shared aims and values will ensure the very best services are available for these musicians, and we look forward to what will be a fruitful working relationship.’

Philip Meaden, Chief Executive of the Royal College of Organists said:

‘Recent research found that as many as 7 out of every 10 organists cite their music and musicianship as either a primary or supplementary source of income, which highlights the importance of increasing the professional and vocational support available to our members.
The Incorporated Society of Musicians is the natural choice as partner for this, and the RCO is delighted to be working closely with the Society in this way.’

Notes to Editors

About the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM)

The ISM is the professional body for those working in the music profession. We promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians.

Our membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies. Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.

Our corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes the Royal College of Organists, Association of British Choral Directors, Association of British Orchestras, Wells Cathedral School Choir Schools’ Association, Friends of the Musicians’ Chapel, Worshipful Company of Musicians Incorporated Association of Organists, Music Masters’ & Mistresses’ Association, Wigmore Hall and more.

About the Royal College of Organists (RCO)

The Royal College of Organists (RCO) is an educational charity dedicated to the promotion and advancement of organ playing and choral directing. As well as having more than 2,000 members based in 40 countries around the world, it is the only organisation in the UK with a Royal Charter to be dedicated to the promotion and advancement of a single instrument.

The RCO’s first objective is to “promote and advance the arts and practice of organ playing and choral direction; to set and maintain proper standards; and to educate and promote study and research in such arts.”

Through its RCO Academy programme, the College provides ongoing training and support for today's organists and choral directors, be they students or experienced professionals, working in church, concert hall, college, or classroom.

Examinations retain the central role they have had in the College's work since the institution was founded in 1864, with the College's qualifications held by many and recognised worldwide as a measure of achievement and distinction.

Important to the College’s many contributions to scholarship is a library whose comprehensive specialist holdings of organ and choral music and books are known across the world.

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