Weekly Round-Up

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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:

Let’s tell the public that our shops are open!

The MIA have announced that we are going to create a locator map to show the public which music shops are re-opening on 15th June. We want to give retailers every support we can, and will link this map to other platforms to get UK shops as much exposure as possible. The deadline to be included is today at 12pm, so click the link to find out how to be listed! 

Getting ready to re-open our shops: watch the recording of the MIA’s virtual event for music retailers

Last Friday, the MIA hosted a webinar which focused on the practical and logistical planning for re-opening your music shop. We brought you updates on health and safety, looking after your staff and customers and heard from two MI retailers about their first-hand experience in preparing to re-open. Click the link above to watch the session if you missed it.

Musical Instrument Hygiene – cleaning guitars

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 video from PRS Guitars, which guides retailers on cleaning guitars to ensure the safety of staff and customers

Post-lockdown Retail experiences from around the world

The MIA continues to network with our partners all around the world and we wanted to bring you the first experiences of music shops as they begin to re-open. This is all part of helping our UK shops to be in the best possible shape as we enter post-lockdown retailing.

Post-lockdown guidance for Schools and Music Educators

There are naturally a number of concerns about how music education is safely re-launched back in schools and the community after lockdown. Our partners at Music Mark asked if we could work with them in identifying appropriate research and guidance to create a new guide for Schools and Music Educators. We were delighted to help and draw on expertise from NAMM, Denis Wick and the British Band Instrument Company, to name just a few.