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:

Shops are shut – but what about teaching, studios and rehearsal spaces?

For those of you running music retail businesses, your shop will now be closed to the public. However, some of our members have had questions about the teaching, studios and rehearsal spaces that are part of their business. Here, we provide some clarity on these areas.

MI suppliers announce support for UK dealers throughout lockdown

The MIA are pleased to see that suppliers are continuing to support UK music retailers throughout this period of lockdown. Here are the details of the commitments that some of our supplier members have made to dealers.

COVID-19 & Cyber Security

The effect of COVID-19 and Government Lockdown has forced businesses to have employees working from home; many of these employees will not have done so regularly before. This may make businesses more vulnerable to cybersecurity issues. In this article, the MIA’s trusted intellectual property partner, Briffa, explains the practical steps businesses can take to limit the risk of cybercrime.

The NAMM Foundation: It’s always the right time to play an instrument

The NAMM Foundation promotes and supports music education and music making for people of all ages and abilities. The foundation have created a fantastic new video which highlights the benefits of making music for young people. Parents of young music makers are encouraged to watch “It’s Always the Right Time to Play an Instrument” with their children. This is a great video to share on your social media channels and with your customers!

Music Venue Trust announce ‘Traffic Light’ Campaign to save all Grassroot Music Venues still in crisis 

Music Venue Trust (MVT) , which represents hundreds of UK grassroots music venues (GMVs), has announced a new phase of its hugely successful #saveourvenues campaign, which will be focused on securing the future of 30 venues who have been deemed ineligible to receive funding from the recent government backed Cultural Recovery Fund.