Why we all need a successful Music Industries Association

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An article by Steven Greenall, Chair of the MIA Board

It would have been a tough year for our industry, even without a global pandemic. All of us were already grappling with the pace of change and uncertainty around the future of existing ways of working. We are no closer to really understanding the true impact of leaving the EU, the long-term viability of bricks and mortar retail or how we further develop ethical and sustainable working practices. 

Fast forward to where we find ourselves now, still trying to make sense of off all of the above, whilst juggling with the added complications that 2020 has brought.

The MIA has done its best to keep up. We have spent much of the year trying to offer support and practical help, whilst not always knowing if that is was what you needed. The one thing I can tell you about the MIA is that it has the best of intentions and genuinely wants to bring our industry together. But we’ve sometimes fallen short – transmitting a bit too much and receiving far less. We need to be much clearer on our purpose if we are to best serve you and the wider industry.

Of course, the easiest way to find out what you need from the MIA, is simply to ask you.

That is what we are going to do.

We want your help in understanding the issues which matter most to you. These could be things that directly impact how you run your business today, or it could be wider debates that you feel are going to influence you or your business in the future.

The MIA can’t solve all of the problems that our teams, our companies or our organisations are facing. But as we begin to get a clearer understanding of your needs, we can help to bring the industry together around the issues and challenges we have in common.

So how to begin?

To kick-start this process, we have organised three ‘town-hall’ style events. These will be transparent, open forums that will give you a chance to tell us about the things that matter to you, and how the MIA should help you in the future.

We have scheduled three sessions initially and these will be open to Members and Non-Members alike. The date/times are as follows:

  • Tuesday, 15th December at 4pm
  • Wednesday, 16th December at 8pm
  • Thursday, 17th December at 10am.

Please contact Alice to let us know which session you’d like to attend, and she’ll share the necessary Zoom link.

I appreciate that it’s a hectic time commercially, and that you may not be able to engage at this stage. If you can’t join any of the scheduled sessions but want to help, then please reach out to me (or any of the MIA Board) personally. We will be delighted to hear from you.

Whatever past experiences of the MIA you have  – good, bad or indifferent – all that I would ask you to consider is that we need a strong MI trade association in the UK, probably now more than ever.

Best Wishes,

Steven Greenall

Board Chair, Music Industries Association

steven@warwickmusic.com

024 7671 1900