The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally-recognised subject association for music. The organisation campaigns tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole.
The ISM is currently recruiting for a policy and research officer who is politically aware and has a passion for the arts, specifically music, to join the friendly team and be a part of an incredible place to work, all while promoting and supporting the art of music.
Could this be the ideal workplace for you? Do you have what it it takes to succeed? We spoke to Jessica Salter, communications officer at the ISM, to find out more about the team culture and what kind of person would make a great fit.
We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole.
Tell me more about the ISM and what attracted you to join
The ISM was set up in 1882 to promote the art of music and to protect the interests of all musicians. Our Benevolent Fund was founded in 1917 and the ISM Trust was formed in the last couple of years which makes the ISM Group. Today, we support 9,000 members with unrivalled services and expert advice, from study up until retirement and beyond.
We campaign tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.
Both the professional status and work of the ISM attracted me to join. Previously working for a record label, I wanted to work more closely with musicians and help support their work, so I was attracted to the role on offer at the ISM.
Why is the ISM a great place to develop your career?
As with music and musicians, we believe in our staff team and the individual. Our appraisal system identifies opportunities and areas for development and invests time in training our staff so we all reach our full potential. The ISM provides the opportunity for all staff to develop their roles in line with their personal strengths and interests.
Tell me about the role you’re recruiting for
We’re currently recruiting for a policy and research officer. We are well known for our high-profile campaigns and policy initiatives on everything from Brexit to diversity, musicians’ rights to music education and arts policy. The role will encompass carrying out research for campaigns and policy purposes.
What is the team culture like?
As a small team, we work well together with a positive and professional workplace culture. We have a strong support system here at the ISM.
We work well as a staff team and have a positive workplace culture so anyone who is a team player would fit in well.
What sort of person would be a great fit?
People who are politically aware and have a passion for the arts, specifically music. We work well as a staff team and have a positive workplace culture so anyone who is a team player would fit in well.
What would be your top tips for people interested in applying to work at the ISM?
They should show their political knowledge and enthusiasm for campaigning, as well as a passion for music and the arts. They should be able to show independent thought and versatility in addition to outstanding written and oral skills.
Sum up what it's like to work at the ISM
The ISM Group makes a real difference to the music sector and the working lives of musicians. This makes it an incredible place to work and to be a part of something which is promoting and supporting the art of music. We are a friendly and creative staff team working in a very dynamic industry.