For the first time in over five years, the MIA has secured a 1-2-1 meeting with the UK Government. Following his letter to the Secretary of State for Business, the MIA’s new Board Chair, Steven Greenall, and Executive Director, Anthony Short, will meet next month with UK Business Minister, Paul Scully MP and his team to discuss the issues directly affecting the UK’s music industry.
Make your voice heard
To help present the Minister insights into the real and current challenges being faced by our industry, we are asking MI businesses to complete this confidential Covid Impact Business Survey. These insights will provide vital supporting evidence into the issues which matter – it is open for any music industry business to complete until Friday, 5th February. The survey also provides an opportunity for you to recommend solutions for government to consider.
Invigorated approach to lobbying
MIA has previously supported the lobbying activities of other trade bodies such as the MU, ISM and UK Music. But it is vital that MIA develops its relationships with UK Government directly whilst continuing to support other organisations where their interests align with the MIA and its members. The meeting with Mr Scully MP will be part of a new strategy of providing a clear and comprehensive understanding to BEIS, DIT, and their shadows of the Official Opposition, of the music industry’s needs in a post-Brexit and we hope soon a post-Covid world. Colleagues in ISM and UK Music have warmly welcomed this fresh approach recognising how MIA are uniquely placed to highlight for example that a strong music education and arts investment policy also benefits music retailers and suppliers, not only music educators and their students.
In another major development, the MIA has joined the British Retail Consortium, the go-to trade association for all UK retailers, promoting the story of retail, shaping debates and influencing the issues that matter to retailers. BRC Membership will give access to an expanded portfolio of content to share with Members, and also to raise issues specific to the MI industry that could be amplified by an organisation with more political capital. This partnership with BRC has already led to the MIA talking with senior directors at the CMA on the issue of VAT-free advertising of MI products by European retailers to British consumers