What are the different routes to join the ISM?

The ISM is a professional body and so you must be working in music at a professional level to join. Please select one of the following 'routes to membership' when you join online or over the phone so that we can verify that you are a professional working in music.

Qualified route

If you have a degree or graduate diploma in music simply enter the name of your qualification, the institution you studied at and the year you graduated when you complete our online application form.

Students and recent graduates

If you graduated from your first music degree or graduate diploma in music within the last 10 years, you can join at our specially discounted graduate rate, which applies for three years.

If you are a currently studying music at degree level or above you can benefit from our speciallydiscounted student rate which is available to both full-time and part-time students.

Reference route

You can ask two of your professional colleagues to provide references to support your application. One of your referees should be a current ISM member. Simply provide their contact details on your application form or online application.

Fast-track route

You can join the ISM through the fast-track route if you satisfy one or more of the criteria below. Please provide the name of the relevant ensemble, funding body, award, artist management company, young or emerging artist scheme, record label, higher education institution or publisher when you apply online or over the phone.

  • You are booked or employed to play for an orchestra or are part of a professional freelance group or ensemble, musical theatre company or opera group on our fast-track list
  • You are booked by any choir or chorus on our fast-track list
  • You are currently represented by a management company who is a member of IAMA (International Artist Managers’ Association)
  • You have a recording contract with a label which is a member of AIM (The Association of Independent Music) or the BPI (British Phonographic Industry)
  • You are music teaching staff at a higher education institution which offers a degree or equivalent with music as a significant component or who works in a specialist music school
  • Your compositions are published by a company which is a member of the MPA (Music Publishers Association)
  • You are or have been part of a young or emerging artist scheme on our fast-track list
  • You have won or been nominated for a recognised award on our fast-track list
  • You have won funding from a major arts funding body on our fast-track list

Membership Officer approval route

If you are working as a professional in the music sector you are eligible to join us through our Membership Officer approval scheme. As well as musicians working with any genre, music administrators are also very welcome to join via this route.

In order to verify that you are a professional working in music, our Membership Officer will ask about your career including your experience and evidence of your work.

Rejoining the ISM

If you were previously an ISM member, all you need to do is contact us on 020 7221 3499 or email [email protected] and we can restart your membership.

Download our fast track list

Membership Officer approval route

If you are working as a professional in the music sector you are eligible to join us through our Membership Officer approval scheme. Music administrators are very welcome to join via this route. Simply call our Membership Officer on 020 7221 3499 or email [email protected]. You have to be 18 or over to join the ISM.

In order to verify that you are a professional working in music, our Membership Officer will ask about your career including your experience and evidence of your work.

Rejoining the ISM

If you were previously an ISM member - welcome back! All you need to do is contact us on 020 7221 3499 or email [email protected] and we can restart your membership.If you have any questions, try our frequently asked questions page or call us on 020 7221 3499.