Naomi Bath

Naomi Bath

Dr Naomi Bath is the ISM’s Senior Research and Policy Officer, responsible for the ISM’s research portfolio on topics as varied as music education, the impact of Brexit on musicians, the gig economy and the precarious nature of working as a musician.

She regularly lobbies MPs and civil servants on key policy issues affecting music education and the music profession as a whole. Naomi previously worked in education policy at the think-tank, Royal Society of Arts (RSA), and completed her PhD on the role of Hungarian folk music in society in Budapest in 2016.

In May 2019 Naomi authored the ISM’s most recent report: Impact of Brexit on Musicians, which she will discuss today.


The Incorporated Society of Musicians (ISM) is the UK’s professional body for musicians and a nationally recognised subject association for music. Since 1882, the ISM has been dedicated to promoting the importance of music and protecting the rights of those working in the music profession.

The ISM supports almost 10,000 musicians across the UK and Ireland with our unrivalled legal advice and representation, comprehensive insurance and specialist services. Our members come from all areas of the music profession and from a wide variety of genres and musical backgrounds.

The ISM campaigns tirelessly in support of musicians’ rights, music education and the profession as a whole. We are a financially independent not-for-profit organisation with no political affiliation. This independence allows us the freedom to campaign on any issue affecting musicians.