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:

Music retail is re-opening for business!

This week, many of you re-opened your music shops to your customers. The MIA want to give you every support in letting the public know that you are open, and have created a locator map, to show where you are. Click the link above to view the map!

Practical advice on re-opening your retail store – interview with Simon Pollard of Millers Music

Here, the MIA’s General Manager Alice interviews Simon, and learns more about Millers Music’s plans for re-opening, changes in the way that the store will operate and the importance of the shops’ website and creating an experience for the customer that is no longer as easy to do in store. Plus, Simon talks about the finance, HR and booking systems that have allowed him to go paperless, and streamlined his operations.

COVID-19 Considerations – Returning to work

As lockdown provisions begin to lift, and employers look at how to reopen their businesses, there will be a vast amount of considerations to present themselves as we return to the “new normal” of business life. In this article, Croner, the MIA’s trusted HR and employment law partner, explain what these may look like and the key changes you can make to benefit your business.

Flexible Furlough Guidance

The guidance on flexible furlough was released last Friday. Here is an update from our partner Nicky Gleadow at The HR Point, who explains what you need to do to use flexible furlough, how to make claims and more.

Advice from Barnes & Mullins and Key Woodwind Reed Manufacturers about hygiene and cleaning to mitigate infection

As music stores start to reopen and as musicians tentatively move toward playing together again, thoughts of what precautions to take are at the forefront of many of our minds. MIA Member Barnes & Mullins have collated some useful tips for music stores from three companies at the sharp end of the woodwind world that will help you to consider woodwind hygiene and cleaning

Trade Show updates: Winter NAMM and Music China!

Here is an exciting and encouraging announcement from our friends and partners at NAMM:
www.mia.org.uk/looking-forward-to-the-2021-namm-show

Music China have announced that the 2020 trade fair will go ahead from 28th – 31st October, at the Shanghai New International Expo Centre.
Find out more here: www.mia.org.uk/update-on-music-china-2020

Guide to Buying Adaptive Musical Instruments

Creative United are thrilled to announce the release of the first edition of the Take it away Guide to Buying Adaptive Musical Instruments! This guide has been created as a counterpart to industry Charity Music for All‘s guide to Buying a Musical Instrument. The MIA are delighted to have supported and contributed to this brilliant guide. Click the link above to view the guide!