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 Independent: “Six-string therapy: guitars make lockdown comeback”

Here’s a great article published by The Independent. During the pandemic, the MI industry has been the subject of some welcome and positive articles in the mass media. 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. We clearly still have huge concerns for our partners and friends in the live music sector, but, in the meantime…

Free Webinars hosted by experts for MIA Members

The MIA’s Trusted Business Support Helpline partner, Croner, are offering free webinars for MIA members that are hosted by some of the most knowledgeable professionals in their respective fields. The themes for October’s Webinars include employee wellbeing, furlough and the job retention scheme, managing absences and more…

These useful webinars will cover everything from HR and health & safety basics, right through to specialised training sessions including relevant legislation and key case law.

Bell Music Ltd. say goodbye and thank you

We’re very sorry to bring you the sad news that MIA Member Bell Music Ltd. will be closing their doors at the end of this year. In this article, Director Mike Perry takes the opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to customers and friends and colleagues in the industry.

Chancellors Statement on 24 September – the detail

On 24th September, the Chancellor Rishi Sunak outlined additional government support to provide certainty to businesses and workers impacted by coronavirus across the UK. This article goes into detail about the new package of measures designed to protect jobs and help businesses through the uncertain months ahead.

Here, we cover the Job Support Scheme, the Self Employment Income Support Scheme, the VAT cut for the hospitality sector, deferral of VAT bills, the time to pay extension for self-assesment taxpayers, Bounce Back Loans and Annual Investment Allowance.

Help, I’ve just received a copyright cease and desist letter!

As intellectual property lawyers, the MIA’s trusted IP partners at Briffa spend much of their time either sending or responding to “cease and desist” letters. These letters are the first step in an IP claim and are essentially designed to set out the rights of the aggrieved party along with the various “remedies” which they are seeking to obtain. Here, our friends at Briffa explain the main considerations when reviewing a cease and desist letter.