Incorporated Society of Musicians – Policy and Research Officer (UK)

This is a great opportunity for a public affairs professional to join the dynamic and innovative ISM. 

We are well known for our high-profile campaigns and policy initiatives on everything from Brexit to diversity to musicians’ rights to music education and arts policy.

We are now looking for a policy and research professional to drive our public affairs work forward.

You will be joining a professional staff team based in Bayswater, London where the emphasis is on good communication, innovation and team work.

  • Undertake research into all areas of interest for the music sector and ISM members e.g. tax and status issues, worker rights, health and safety, diversity and inclusion, music education, music industry, copyright, Brexit.
  • Produce authoritative briefings and reports to support the work of public affairs.
  • Keep fully up to date with all issues which could affect the music industry, the music profession and music education.
  • Provide support to the Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager.
  • Work with the communications and legal functions to support the public affairs function.
  • Maintain an up to date list of all relevant consultations and dates for responses.
  • Respond in a timely fashion to relevant stakeholder including government consultations ensuring there is relevant collaboration with other staff members e.g. legal and communications where necessary.
  • Maintain up to date data on all relevant Parliamentarians, Parliamentary Committees, Government departments, Ministers, civil servants, and special advisors.
  • Compile and update lists of stakeholders and contact details, tracking our engagement with them.
  • Draft position papers, rebuttals and other public affairs resources as required.
  • Update the campaigns section of the ISM website and other websites as necessary.
  • Identify opportunities to take forward the work of the ISM’s public affairs team.
  • Attend stakeholder meetings on behalf of the Public Affairs function.
  • Carry out polls and surveys as required.
  • Produce briefings and speeches for the ISM staff team, Board members and other stakeholders as appropriate.
  • Working with the Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager, develop and manage ISM networks and groups including, but not limited to: our SIGs: Performers; Composers and Educators, ISM Ambassadors, ISM Advocates and ISM Honorary Members
  • Assist at public affairs events.
  • Ensure effective, efficient and timely communication with all colleagues and stakeholders.
  • Other tasks as directed by the Chief Executive and Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager.
Person Specification 


  • Degree or equivalent level of education.
  • At least 2 years’ experience working in the field of public affairs / policy.
  • Strong political awareness across a wide range of stakeholders.
  • Demonstrable track record of success in previous roles.
  • Experience of responding to consultations and developing policy briefings.
  • Experience of conducting surveys and handling data.
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude with a clear focus on outcomes and impact.
  • Strong networking and relationship building skills.
  • Good team player who works well under pressure and to deadlines.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills and the ability to communicate persuasively to a wide range of audiences.
  • Excellent attention to detail.
  • High levels of emotional intelligence.


  • Experience of the music or the creative sector.

Applications are welcome from candidates from all sectors who can demonstrate a track record of success.

For an informal discussion about this post please contact Deborah Annetts on 020 7313 9320.

To apply please send a full CV and covering letter saying why you are the person for the job to [email protected].

Closing date is 09.00 on Monday 9 July 2018. First round interviews will be in the following week.

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