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 are this week’s key stories:

The Telegraph: “School orchestras replace wind instruments with ukuleles as they adapt to post-COVID rules”

School music directors say they are bringing in new instruments for junior players ahead of the planned full reopening of schools next month. In this article, The Telegraph reports that schools are integrating a greater variety of string instruments into musical sessions because they are deemed more hygienic. This is an interesting article that we recommend you read at the link above.

How to hire an apprentice – a guide

The Government are encouraging more businesses to offer apprenticeships. The goal is for young people to see apprenticeships as a high quality and prestigious path to successful careers, and for these opportunities to be available across all sectors of the economy, in all parts of the country and at all levels. The Federation of Small Businesses has published a handy guide on how to hire an apprentice which you can read above.

Court Ruling in the US raises questions about Amazon & Reverb

Our good friend Brian Majeski, Editor of the US Music Trades magazine, has written an insightful article about a recent legal judgement that could dramatically alter the way marketplaces operate.

Making contract changes due to COVID-19

2020 is a year of survival for businesses. That means saving costs and facing challenges head on. Unfortunately, redundancies are on everyone’s mind. But there are ways to reduce costs without terminating staff. One of the primary ways you can do this is by changing employees’ contracts. Here’s some guidance from the MIA’s Business Support Helpline partner, Croner.

Why register a Trade Mark?

When starting a business, entrepreneurs typically incorporate their company at the Companies House, choose a trading name and secure a domain. However, none of these actually protect your brand name. Protection of a brand which is done by means of obtaining a registered trade mark is a separate consideration and is often overlooked by start up businesses. Here, the MIA’s trusted intellectual property partner, Briffa, give you just some of the reasons why you should consider obtaining a registered trade mark.