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Member Benefits

We have a wide range of “tried and tested” benefits for members as detailed below and all designed to support your business and save you money.

Firstly, our partnership with Musicguard:

Since 1997 Musicguard has been providing specialist music insurance cover for a wide range of musicians – from those actively gigging, producers, DJs, sound engineers and music teachers.

We understand that household insurance may not provide some of the key benefits musicians may need, especially when performing or teaching. That’s why we offer a specialist music insurance solution.

As well as ensuring musicians have the cover they need; we also support local music stores and businesses through our Partnership Scheme.

The Musicguard Partnership Scheme aims to allow your business to generate extra revenue, whilst providing cover for your customers.

Benefits for your store include:

  • Commission share on each policy referral
  • Claims Replacement opportunity – helping keep your customers with you
  • Commission share every year your customer renews their insurance with us
  • Easy and straightforward to integrate into your business
  • Access to a range of commercial insurance products

To find out more about our Partnership Scheme and how we can work with you, email partners@musicguard.co.uk

Don’t forget! As a member of the MIA, you also get a 20% discount* on Musicguard insurance – so make sure you’re protected as well as your customers! Visit www.musicguard.co.uk/MIA20 or call 0345 450 7171 quoting ‘MIA’.

*20% discount applicable for the lifetime of the policy, available for new business customers only. Terms, conditions and exclusions apply.

As well as the partnership scheme we also offer a range of Commercial Insurances.

Whether you are a music retailer, manufacturer, distributor or specialist music business – having the right commercial insurance in place can protect you if things go wrong.

Thistle, the company behind Musicguard, has 20 years’ experience meeting the insurance needs of the music industry. We also have policies that can cover a wide range of risks including Property damage, Liability, Professional Indemnity and Stock that all come with flexible policy limits and benefits depending on your individual requirements. We can also provide cover for events including liability and cancellation.

Not all insurance policies are equal, which is why we spend time with you to explain how our insurance will protect your business and offer:

  • A free consultation on your business risk
  • Instant cover and policy documentation
  • Expert jargon free information
  • Flexible cover tailored to your business needs
  • Payment via instalments available

For a no obligation quote or to speak to our team to review your current needs, contact us today on 0345 450 7171 or email business@thistleinsurance.co.uk quoting MIA as your reference.

Musicguard is a trading style of Thistle Insurance Services Limited. Lloyds Broker. Authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. A JLT Group company. Registered office: The St Botolph Building, 138 Houndsditch, London EC3A 7AW. Registered in England No 00338645, VAT No. 244 2321 96.

FREE Business Support Helpline – Croner

Free advice on VAT, tax, PAYE, health & safety, Employment Law, commercial legal matters. Potentially save hundreds of pounds per enquiry! Business Support Helpline card included with membership pack.


Legal services – Birketts

The specialist legal company for our industry. MIA members wishing to engage Birketts services are entitled to a free phone consultation on any legal matter and, beyond that, a 10% discount on fees.


Legal services – Briffa

Creative intellectual property lawyers for creative industries. MIA members benefit from a free thirty minute consultation and special rates on all intellectual property and general commercial matters.


Credit & Debit Card Processing – Global Payments

Save up to £1400 each year taking advantage of their competitive rates.


Credit and Debit Card Processing – PayaStore

Specifically designed for small businesses. 1.99% fixed rate on Visa and Mastercard.


Business Insurance – Cover Notes

The specialist insurer for the Music Industry, S Johnson & Co Ltd, offer special discounts for MIA Members. Cover Notes makes a point of saving you money!


Business Rates – Rates Recovery

Running a business has never been more challenging in these difficult economic times and after years of cost reductions it is surprising that many businesses are still not aware that they may be due a business rates refund as well as significant future savings. This is when Rates Recovery can help you.


Supply Chain Management -Velta International

We have a very special partnership with international freight management company, Velta International Ltd. Velta offer money-saving opportunities for both shops and suppliers alike!


Currency dealing services – NU Currencies 

MIA members are entitled to a free currency audit with one of our specialist Foreign Exchange dealers. Also, qualify for free international payments and access to our ‘bank beating’ exchange rates.


Employment Law – The HR Point

Your point of contact for all human resource related matters with discounted services for MIA members. 


Advertising – Thomson Local

Save up to £200 on local directory advertising.


Advertising – Yellow Pages

Save up to £200 on local directory advertising.


Promotional Merchandise – P3 Promotions

Keep your name in front of your customers using pens, clothing, USB sticks, notebooks, badges and many more products – you name it, we can supply it and with your logo prominently displayed. We can offer other MIA members 10% discount from our catalogue prices whilst still giving the very best customer service.


All types of Print Projects – Foundry Press

Foundry Press is the official print partner of the MIA. Specialising in Litho or Digital Print and handling small or large print runs. 10% discount on all orders over £50.00 for MIA members. Environmental Certification.


Security systems – Active Security

Active Security Group is a specialist installer of electronic security systems for all types of retail and warehouse premises. Up to the minute technology is used including the latest wireless equipment. Members receive preferential rates & all site surveys are free of charge.  


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For any further information on any of the above, please contact the MIA on 01403 800500 or membership@mia.org.uk