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Encore partners with ISM

We’ve partnered with the Incorporated Society of Musicians to offer all Encore members discounted access to world-class resources and support.

Having hosted events alongside them before and sharing their mission to support the UK’s working musicians, we feel we are well matched to help improve the music industry together.

The message from ISM

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is offering Encore’s musicians a special membership offer, saving you 10% on your first year of full rate membership if you are new to the ISM.

The ISM has striven to support musicians and advocate musicians’ rights since it was founded in 1882. Today, they support almost 10,000 members in the UK and Ireland – everyone from performers, composers, and teachers can benefit from becoming a member.

The ISM can help with your musical endeavours, supporting and protecting you every step of the way as you progress in your career.

They provide a bespoke in-house legal service, advising members on a range of queries, including contracts, reclaiming unpaid fees, and publishing agreements. They also have a legal helpline open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, so you’ll always have someone to answer your questions. 

The ISM provides free Public Liability Insurance (PLI), which is essential for any performing musician, with cover of up to £10m protection from the day you sign up. They also offer discounts on musical instrument and equipment insurance, with no limit on the number of instruments you can cover. 

It’s not always easy being a musician and the ISM has taken steps to look after their members’ wellbeing. Working with their sister charity, the ISM Members Fund, they offer members a 24-hour personal support and advice helpline with the option of face-to-face counselling. They have also just launched a pilot physiotherapy scheme, the first service of its kind offered on this scale in the music sector.

When you join the ISM, you’re part of a community and your membership will help to support their lobbying work. They have always been heavily involved in campaigning for the rights of musicians, and they remain completely independent politically so are free to react quickly and effectively when challenges occur. They recently published their election manifesto, which includes key asks covering Brexit, live music, workers’ rights, music education and copyright.

In terms of professional development, you can access hundreds of advice pages and webinars from experts on topics including tax, understanding royalties, managing performance nerves and marketing yourself, and you will also receive their bi-monthly magazine, ISM Music Journal. 

With so many good reasons to join, now is the time to do so. 

Join online using the discount code ENCORE1 if you are joining at the full rate or email [email protected]

Jonny Venvell

Jonny is Encore's Head of Artist Relations.

He's responsible for supporting and helping musicians on the platform and writes most of the musician-facing articles on the blog. He can usually be found singing in choirs, drumming in bands, or nodding meaningfully to particularly good chords in London's jazz bars.

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