Weekly Round-Up


Here’s a round-up of 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:

MIA secures 1-2-1 meeting with Government

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. 

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.

Find out more about the survey and our invigorated approach to lobbying at the link above.

FAQ’s: Requirements when trading with EU countries

As we all adjust to the new requirements when trading with EU countries, we want to share some of the common issues the carriers are seeing and frequent questions they’re being asked. We’ve been speaking to Peter Sandhu, International Shipping Consultant at World Options – courier service to the UK and Worldwide. Read some FAQ’s at the link above.

Workplace Testing & The COVID Vaccine

COVID-19 testing is now widely accessible and there are lateral flow testing kits available to purchase. This means that some businesses may be considering testing their employees where they can’t work from home, but is it as simple as that?

As the COVID vaccine is rolled out and the hopes of restrictions easing and businesses being able to re-open are hinged on this, will employers be able to require employees to have the vaccine? Will they be able to refuse to have employees attend work if they have not had the vaccine?

Here, the MIA’s partner Nicky Gleadow at The HR Point shares some thoughts on these areas.

The MIA Education Committee – meeting on Wednesday 3rd February

The MIA Education Committee focuses on all things educational from pre-school to university and works with a number of organisations such as the Musicians’ Union, RSL Awards, JAMES, Take it Away, Making Music and others, in creating a unified voice for music education. Find out more about the committee and its next meeting at the link above.