The ISM launches ISM Self-publishing Pack

The Incorporated Society of Musicians has launched the ISM Self-publishing Pack as part of the ongoing Make Music Work advice series. The Make Music Work advice series comprises events and free resources to help empower musicians and enable them to build successful and sustainable careers.

The ISM Self-publishing Pack includes advice for composers who are interested in or are already self-publishing. Topics covered include why self-publishing is becoming increasingly popular, how to overcome the key challenges that self-publishing composers encounter, making your music available online, the physical production of scores, networking and marketing, increasing your exposure, VAT, tax tips and business structures. The pack was informed by the critical work of the ISM’s legal and business support teams and the ISM Composers’ Special Interest Group and is available to download for free from the ISM website at

Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians, said:

‘The ISM’s successful event Make Music Work and the crucial work of our legal and business support teams here at the ISM uncovered a need for a dedicated pack to navigate the complex world of self-publishing. We are pleased to launch the ISM Self-publishing Pack - with help from our Composers’ Special Interest Group and Joel Garthwaite of Bright Ivy Ltd – as another resource from the essential Make Music Work advice series which has been created to support musicians at all stages of their career.'

The ISM Self-publishing Pack is available at:

About the ISM

The ISM is the professional body for those working in the music profession. We promote music and look after the interests of professional musicians. Our membership of approximately 7,000 covers both individual musicians and corporate bodies.

Individual members include leading conductors, featured and non-featured artists, orchestral musicians working in all of the UK’s leading orchestras, composers, animateurs and arrangers.Our corporate membership of over 160 music organisations includes Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Royal Academy of Music, Royal College of Music, Royal Northern College of Music, Birmingham Conservatoire, Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, Leeds College of Music, British Voice Association, Rhinegold Publishing, Avid, Yamaha UK, YCAT, the Composer’s Edition, NMC Recordings, Jazz Services Ltd, Association of Independent Music, Classic FM, the Royal Philharmonic Society, Help Musicians UK, Association of British Orchestras (ABO), Music Sales Ltd, the Music Industries Association (MIA), and more.

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