Weekly Round-Up


Here are some of the key industry news stories that we’ve brought you this week, in case you missed them…

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Here’s this week’s key stories:

HR Guidance for re-opening music shops

The Government have announced that non-essential retailers, including music shops, are planned to re-open in England from 15 June. As we get ready to re-open music retail, the safety, security and management of the people working in our industry is central to our thinking. In this Webinar in partnership with The HR Point, we address calling people back of furlough, risk assessments, what to do if someone is unwell with COVID and more. Watch it here and listen to the podcast here

MIA & Briffa Intellectual Property Webinar

As this global crisis changes from a short to a long term-issue, businesses are starting to prepare for the new normal. For some, this may involve quite a major pivot in their product offering or target consumer. Throughout all of this, it’s important to make sure that your IP protection doesn’t get left behind. Watch the Webinar here and listen to the podcast here

Musical Instrument Hygiene

We are now working towards the re-opening of music retail in the UK. As well as the general hygiene of the store, retailers face the extra responsibility of ensuring that the instruments on sale are clean and safe for consumers. We are pleased to bring you a series of videos from manufacturers and distributors which show retailers how to clean the products that they provide. This well help support the shop staff and ensure the safety of customers. You can watch the first episode here

Getting ready to re-open our shops: MIA Live Online Event

On Friday 5th June, the MIA will bring you a live, question time style discussion with a panel of relevant experts. This virtual event will support retailers in the practical and logistical planning for re-opening their businesses to the public. There are limited spaces available for this vital event designed to support your business and inspire you with new ideas to help you to tackle this tough climate. Register today to secure your place! Find out more here

MIA Member John Packer Ltd interviews the legendary Denis Wick!

While the showroom has remained shut during the lockdown John Packer Ltd has pledged a commitment to keep inspiring their customers by hosting live webinars where customers can get technical advice from professionals in the business. So far the company has spoken to two up and coming Yamaha artists, (Matilda Lloyd and Rob Burton – both finalists in the BBC Young Musician competitions) and will be speaking to the living legend Denis Wick next Wednesday, June 3rd at 8pm. Those wanting to join the live interview are asked to register (100 spaces available). The interview will also be live streamed to the company’s John Packer Facebook page. To register click here