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The musician’s toolkit

'As musicians we tend to forget that we have all this incredible expertise, and the potential to share it is huge'

- David Taylor

We know it’s tough out there for freelancers at the moment, with COVID-19 ongoing and Brexit imminent. Our panel of legal, business and marketing experts help you navigate the ever-changing industry landscape and equip you with the skills and tools you need to succeed, covering contracts, copyright, royalties, publishing, touring, funding, promotion, marketing and more.

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Sarah Osborn (Chair)
Head of Business Development, ISM

Sarah is the ISM’s Head of Business Development, and is responsible for developing services, resources and programmes that will inspire and support musicians. She is also taking forward the work of the ISM Trust and ISM Members Fund. Sarah was previously Chief Executive of the Music Publishers Association (MPA) and worked at Schott Music for eight years.

Kathryn Williams
Performer, composer, researcher

Kathryn is a freelance flutist, composer and researcher. Her solo project, Coming Up for Air, commissions pieces limited to a single breath, and contains over 100 works. She has been a featured soloist at many festivals and venues, and on the Live Music Now! scheme for six years. She is currently a researcher for the ISM, focusing on Brexit, and has co-authored the ISM's Global Literature Review (Music Performance, Education and COVID-19).

David Taylor
Arts entrepreneur

David is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the world of classical music. He has built his career on bringing innovation to the arts, and was named on Forbes 30 under 30 Europe 2018 list. Since creating Yorkshire Young Sinfonia, it reached an audience of over 7.5 million people in just four years. As a presenter, David has interviewed Louis Theroux and Romesh Ranganathan. He is passionate about enabling the next generation of music sector entrepreneurs.

John Robinson
Head of Compliance & Legal, ISM

John leads the ISM's in-house legal team, who are dedicated to helping and advising music professionals, looking after their interests in numerous ways. The team assist members with contracts, copyright and employment advice, navigating government guidance and grievance and disciplinary support. John also provides guidance on data protection including GDPR.

Ruth McPherson
Senior Partnerships & Marketing Manager, ISM

Ruth manages the ISM's corporate membership and partnerships, marketing campaigns, sponsorship and events marketing, advertising sales, and discount scheme. Before joining the ISM, she worked at Rhinegold Publishing (now Mark Allen Group), managing sales for titles including Classical Music, Choir & Organ and Opera Now.