Support, advice and essential insurances for £50 a year

All our membership benefits for 70% off the full rate price

In response to feedback from our members, we have created a discounted membership for those starting out in their music careers. While you navigate the exciting and challenging first few years of your career, you’ll have affordable support from your professional body to help you with contracts, insurance, industry advice and more.

First year of membership£50
Second year of membership£50
Third year of membership£50
Fourth year of membership£110

Early career membership is £50, increasing to £110 in your fourth year of membership. This represents a saving of £464 over four years. If you were previously a student member, we will give you an extra year of membership at £50.

How do I get this level of membership?

If you’ve graduated from your first music-related course at level four or above in the last 10 years, join online. If you gained your musical experience in other ways and have been working professionally for less than 10 years, contact the membership team for an informal discussion about your career.

What are the benefits?

  • Protection - professional insurances worth over £235 a year, including £10m public liability insurance cover, and an unpaid fees recovery service
  • Development and networking - discounted tickets for our award winning professional development events
  • Recognition – use our letters after your name to demonstrate your professional status
  • Promotion - listing on the Music Directory, the UK’s only online directory of verified music professionals, and promotion of your gigs and concerts through our social media – reach an audience of over 20,000
  • Representation and advice - bespoke legal support including a 24-hour legal helpline and specialist advice on everything from contracts to copyright and royalties
  • Saving you money - exclusive discounts on everything from instruments and equipment to cinema tickets and gym membership
  • Support - 24-hour counselling helpline

Discover tips from our brand new How to...series

Brand new resources available from the ISM, produced in collaboration with music industry experts. The How to… series builds on the practical industry advice on offer at The Empowered Musician event, highlighting the skills and knowledge you need to succeed in your music career. Get some tips now and join to get the full guides.

How to...

Selected advice from How to… series including tips on reaching a digital audience, marketing, working with an artist manager and playing at a festival.

Our other membership grades

If you're studying (full or part-time) at degree level or above, take a look at our student rate membership for just £15 a year. Alternatively, find out about how full rate membership can support you.

Full membership

£171 (annual Direct Debit)/£181 per year or pay monthly: £18.10 a month over ten months.