ISM launches free online conference: The Empowered Musician

Harriet Clifford
Tuesday, November 24, 2020

The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) has announced a free two-day online conference running on 2 and 3 December from 10am to 5pm.

The Empowered Musician 2020 will explore issues affecting the music industry today and provide support, skills and advice to empower musicians. 

Launched in response to the financial and emotional difficulties faced by musicians during the pandemic, many of which the ISM has continually spoken out about, the conference aims to recognise the vital role of musicians in today’s world. 

Through a series of future-focused keynote speeches and interactive panel discussions, the conference will explore how musicians can continue to be creative through the pandemic, the value of music to society, the impending threat of Brexit, the opportunities and drawbacks of technology, and the impact of COVID-19 on existing inequalities in the music sector. 

Deborah Annetts, ISM chief executive, said, ‘The ISM is proud to be organising The Empowered Musician 2020. At the end of a turbulent and disruptive year for the sector, it will offer music professionals much-needed support and inspiration and will demonstrate the viability and value of a career in music.’ 

Award-winning beatboxer and producer SK Shlomo said, ‘COVID-19 has hit musicians hard, both financially and in terms of mental health. We are rising to the challenges as best as we can, with innovation and creativity, and the ISM has been with us every step of the way. I am proud to speak at this event and support ISM’s efforts to empower musicians and help keep the UK’s music scene alive.’ 

To view the full programme and list of speakers, and to book a free ticket, visit the website