Ivory Bill – exemption for musical instruments – SUCCESS!


Paul McManus (MIA), David Webster (The Musicians’ Union) and David Cowdrey (International Fund for Animal Welfare )at the Public Bill Committee in June 2018 at Westminster.

The MIA is delighted to bring you the following excellent news:

Last week the Ivory Bill passed its final parliamentary stage the House of Commons. It is hoped to now receive Royal Assent before Christmas, which will officially make the Ivory Bill an Act of Parliament.

This is a huge achievement, and one that could not have been achieved without the lobbying partnership of the MIA, Musicians’ Union, Association of British Orchestras and the International Fund for Animal Welfare.

Plus, all the MIA members who helped us shape the evidence and case to create an exemption for older musical instruments (Marksons Pianos and Piano Auctions, in particular)!

We now turn our full attention to preparing for the ban to come into force, including developing the necessary secondary legislation, guidance and an online registration systems for exempt items. It is, of course, imperative that everything is in place to ensure the new sales ban can be effectively enforced, and that members of the public and businesses alike are able to easily comply with it, before the Act is commenced.  On this basis, the ban is expected to come into force in late 2019.

We are not out of the woods yet as there will be a further consultation of additional ivory species starting next year and this could include, Hippo and Mammoth Ivory… Even Warthog!!

We will naturally continue to lobby to best protect and support our shops and musicians.

Here are our previous articles on Ivory:

Ivory Ban – the update from Paul Mc

UK Ivory Ban – exemptions for older musical instruments!