“Sheet music sales soar 25% as UK turns to piano practice during COVID lockdown”

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Last week, sheet music was the subject of a welcome and positive article. iNews featured some impressive sales figures provided by MIA Member Presto Music – the leading e-commerce site for classical recordings, sheet music and music books…

Over the last few months, the MI industry’s success has been reported in in the mass media multiple times – publications such as The Financial Times and BBC News featured comments from the MIA, Millers Music, Gear4music, Focusrite and more (you can read more on that here). The Independent also published an article about how guitars made a lockdown comeback (read more here).

It is great to see reports on the recent success of sales in our industry, and the interest and enthusiasm shown by consumers for playing a musical instrument.  Clearly not all businesses in the industry are thriving, and there are many sectors (live music venues and live event organisers to name but two) that are still in real peril. However, it’s nice to have some positive news in the mainstream media about musical instruments, and we hope you enjoy reading this one!

Here’s an excerpt from the article “Sheet music sales soar 25% as UK turns to piano practice during COVID lockdown” written by Adam Sherwin for iNews: 

Sheet music sales soared by 25 per cent during lockdown as a nation of amateur ivory-tinklers finally sat down to some serious piano practice.

Presto Music, the leading e-commerce site for classical recordings, sheet music and music books, said sales grew by a quarter between April and September this year.

Digital piano sales rocketed too as millions of Britons with time on their hands sought out online tutorials to help them dust off skills or learn the instrument from scratch.

Chris O’Reilly, CEO of Presto Music, which carries 800,000 sheet music titles, said: “Lockdown has seen customer demand for classical and sheet music explode. This is simply down to the fact that people have had the time to take up what may have been a longing hobby.”

With swathes of Britain facing renewed restrictions, O’Reilly urged customers to place Christmas orders for digital pianos now.

He said: “From our data we can see that digital pianos were the most popular musical instrument during lockdown. We saw a huge amount of demand for these to the extent that there was a limited supply.”

You can read the article in full on the iNews website: inews.co.uk/culture/music/sheet-music-sales-uk-learn-instrument-piano-covid-lockdown