Incorporated Society of Musicians – Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager (UK)  

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is seeking a Public Affairs and Campaigns Manager to join its office in London.

In conjunction with the CEO, the role will lead ISM Group’s public affairs and policy function across all parts of the music profession.

It focuses on delivering a wide range of policy initiatives and campaigns which generate significant benefits to ISM members and the music sector as a whole.


In consultation with the CEO and other relevant members of the staff team, create and deliver the public affairs strategy with clear measurable outcomes.

In consultation with the CEO, develop a wide range of policy initiatives and high-profile campaigns with clear KPIs which will deliver visible benefits to the ISM Group, its members and the music profession as a whole.

Working with the CEO and the Communications Manager, coordinate the operation of the extended public affairs ‘team’ to deliver both policy initiatives and outcome focused campaigns.

Manage the Public Affairs Officer and public affairs budget 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 and produce authoritative briefings.

Keep fully up to date with all issues which could affect the music industry, the music profession and music education and produce authoritative briefings.

In conjunction with the CEO and wider team develop effective and productive relationships with relevant stakeholders to influence policy issues of relevance to the ISM Group, ISM members and the music sector as a whole.  

In conjunction with the Chief Executive and appropriate committees of the ISM Group, formulate the ISM’s views in relation to all relevant issues, create relevant position statements and messaging.

Maintain up to date data on all relevant Parliamentarians, Parliamentary Committees, Government departments, Ministers, civil servants, and special advisors.

Manage the ISM’s relationship with Parliamentarians including providing secretarial support to the Music Education APPG. 

Respond to relevant stakeholder including government consultations ensuring there is relevant collaboration with other staff members e.g. legal and communications.

Follow up all consultations with meetings with appropriate civil servants / select committee clerks etc.

Update the campaigns section of the ISM website and other websites as necessary.

Work with the Communications Manager to create effective messaging across the public affairs function and ensure that effective messaging is delivered in all public affairs work.

Create appropriate content to support campaigns and public affairs work including speeches for the CEO.

Lead the organisation of all public affairs events.

Contribute to Music Journal and other publications on a regular basis.

Prepare reports for Board meetings.

Core values for all staff

 Perform your role to a high standard, to time and with dedication and commitment.

Deliver the ISM Group’s agreed objectives and maintain our reputation of working at the forefront of supporting the music profession.

Deliver the 5 Gs at all times.

Treat all colleagues, members and people you come in contact with as a result of your work at the ISM with fairness and respect and in accordance with our commitment to equal opportunities.

Ensure effective, efficient and timely communication with all colleagues and stakeholders with an emphasis on face to face communication.

Take responsibility for your own health and safety and responsibility for the reporting of hazards that you believe could impact on health and safety within the ISM’s premises and other premises used by the ISM.

Staff are expected to take part in the appraisal process and to undertake continuous professional development and training such as may be necessary to meet our business objectives.

Please note this job description provides a broad outline of the duties and requirements of the post and is subject to review and change to meet the ISM Group’s operational needs.

Person Specification


  • Degree or equivalent level of education.
  • At least 5 years’ experience working in the field of public affairs with an in depth understanding of policy and campaigns strategies using a wide range of techniques to optimise success.
  • Strong political awareness across a wide range of stakeholders
  • Demonstrable track record of success in previous roles.
  • Experience in strategic development and implementation.
  • A positive ‘can do’ attitude with a clear focus on outcomes and impact.
  • Very strong networking and relationship building skills.
  • Very strong project management skills.
  • A strong manager and coordinator and ability to work effectively in a matrix structure.
  • 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.

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

Closing date is 09.00 on Tuesday 29 May 2018. First round interviews will be in the week of 4 June 2018.

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