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:

Importing goods from January 2021: The UK Global Tariff

The UK has left the EU and is currently in the transition period which will end on 31 December 2020. Businesses should take action now to start preparing for new trading rules which will be in effect from January 2021. This article by the Department for International Trade sets out what you need to know if your business imports goods from overseas.

UK event industry comes together in solidarity under the #WeMakeEvents campaign to ask the government to “throw us a line”

Over 715 buildings across the UK lit up in red last week to symbolise the imminent danger over one million people in the live events industry face unless the government provides financial support. The MIA were delighted to get behind the campaign organised by our friends at partners at PLASA. A huge thank you to all of our members who supported, shared and even attended the day of action! Click the link above for a round-up of the day.

Indoor music and performance venues allowed to reopen with socially distanced audiences

From Saturday 15th August, lockdown measures were eased further in England. Under the latest changes, indoor theatre, music and performance venues are allowed to reopen with socially distanced audiences. This is tentative good news for the live music industry, and the MIA welcomes this announcement – our own part of the music industry depends on musicians being able to work! Click the link above to find out more.

Brass Bands England offers sector support advice on the latest COVID-19 guidelines from DCMS

At the MIA, we are only too aware of the constant flow of COVID-19 updates, but we would naturally want you to know about the latest, latest news, especially when it concerns playing live music! The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has updated the guidance for performing arts which has particular effect for brass bands. The change in the guidance allows groups of up to six players to again rehearse outdoors, or with members of two households playing together inside. This is good news, but all activity will need to be considered on its own merits. Read the advice from Brass Bands England at the link above.

Your Coronavirus responsibilities as an employer

The MIA’s Business Support Helpline partner, Croner, have spoken to some employers who  believe that their Coronavirus responsibilities end at conducting a risk assessment. Conducting a risk assessment is both a necessary and vital part of managing infection within your organisation. However, your responsibilities extend far beyond that. This article covers some key steps you can take to create safe working practices.

Music Venue Trust CEO Mark Davyd on the battle to save the UK’s grassroots scene: ‘We can almost see light at the end of the tunnel’

The MIA have long championed and supported the Music Venue Trust in all their endeavours to help protect the UK’s grassroots music venues. The organisation has been instrumental in fighting for grassroots venues during the pandemic. We wanted to share this great article featured in the Evening Standard this week which is an interview with Mark Davyd, the CEO.