DEBORAH ANNETTS - ISM
PANEL TOPICS – BREXIT - THE REALITIES FOR THE MUSIC BUSINESS
Deborah is Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) where she has led a major change programme covering every aspect of its work and also setting up the ISM Trust which delivers a very broad range of award winning professional development for the music sector.
The ISM is the UK’s fastest-growing professional body for musicians, with over 9,000 members working across the globe in all music sectors and genres. It represents the interests of musicians, including touring soloists, orchestral musicians, composers and all musicians from across the profession and music industry.
Leading the ISM’s campaigning and advocacy function for music and musicians, Deborah leads campaigns on musicians’ issues such as music education, travelling with instruments and eradicating discrimination and harassment from the music industry. The ISM has been campaigning on issues related to Brexit, including leading the Save Music campaign, calling for freedom of movement to be maintained or a two-year working visa introduced, and the cross-creative industry campaign FreeMoveCreate. The ISM is also leading research in this area and have released three reports since the results of the referendum in 2016 (with a fourth due in April). Deborah has also been invited to comment on Brexit developments in national newspapers, sector press and on BBC radio including BBC Radio 3 Music Matters and BBC Woman’s Hour.
Deborah is an established public speaker; she is regularly invited to speak at Westminster Forum, at various conferences across the sector, and has addressed Parliament several times on a range of subjects. Deborah was also named on BBC Woman’s Hour Power List: Top 40 in 2018. Outside of the ISM, Deborah is Chair of the Educational Recording Agency (ERA) and Chair of the human rights charity Fair Trials International.