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 MU – How can we work towards a safe re-opening of the live performance sector?

In this blog, The MU’s General Secretary Horace Trubridge discusses the work that our friends and partners at The MU are doing towards safely opening up areas of the live performance sector.

The MIA continue to support and work with organisations such as PLASA, The MU and Music Venue Trust. Our own part of the music industry depends on Britain’s globally renowned live music scene.

The dangers of Unconscious Bias in the workplace

The vast majority of companies in the country will know about discrimination and will actively take steps to avoid it. Managers will, in general, want to avoid forming assumptions about an individual due to a certain characteristic such as their race, personality or where they come from. The trouble is, sometimes these assumptions can be made even when it is not the intention of the people making them. This article by the MIA’s trusted Business Support Helpline Partner, Croner, explains the impact unconscious bias can have, and how to avoid it.

Third round of Performing Arts Aerosol Study produces more scientific data for return to activities

The MIA is a member of the Performing Arts Aerosol Study Coalition. The coalition’s task is to identify ways to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in performing arts activities. The unprecedented aerosol study, which is now in its third release of data, is commissioned by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS), the College Band Directors National Association (CBDNA) and a coalition of more than 125 performing arts organisations, which includes the MIA and our friends and partners at NAMM. Read on to find out the most recent key findings of the study.

Exercising control over Trade Secrets

Trade secrets are a subcategory of confidential information. These secrets are often information that has inherent economic value because it is not generally known or readily ascertainable by others, and the owner of the information takes reasonable measures to keep it a secret. Trade secrets are often thought of as a type of intellectual property, although technically, there is no ‘property’ in information. So what is the best way to exercise control over trade secrets and other valuable confidential information? This article by the MIA’s trusted intellectual property partner, Briffa, gives you some guidance.

News from Hal Leonard Europe:

Hal Leonard announces changes within European Senior Management Team

MIA Member Hal Leonard Europe announced that it has reshaped parts of its European senior management team to accelerate global strategic initiatives as well as to strengthen leadership within its key European territories.

Hal Leonard Europe launches Winter Savings Campaign for MI and Pro Audio

The busiest sales period of the year is fast approaching and MIA Member Hal Leonard Europe is doing all it can to ensure that dealers have good stock of the best and most sought-after products across musical instruments and pro audio. Retailers can take part in Hal Leonard Europe’s MI & Pro Audio Winter Savings promotion and benefit from extra discount and offers which will boost margin on a wide range of products!