Weekly Round-Up

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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:

How to Take Advantage of Online Sales in 2021

We’re delighted to bring you the final post in this series written by Iain Butterwick, EMEA Territory Manager at MIA Member Reverb.com; the largest online marketplace dedicated to buying and selling new, used, and vintage musical instruments. In his day to day, Iain leads a team of gear experts who help sellers across the UK and Europe increase their sales online. 

In this article, Iain explains how you can stay in front of the influx of people shopping for musical instruments online.

Music industry unites to save touring in Europe ahead of crucial Parliament debate

The largest bodies representing musicians, the Musicians’ Union and the Incorporated Society of Musicians, are jointly calling for improved touring arrangements after Brexit. As MPs debate a petition with almost 283,000 signatures, there is a growing consensus around reducing the additional costs and bureaucracy which threaten the viability of performing in Europe.

UK Retail Analysis – January 2021

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.

The British Retail Consortium has released its Retail Sale Monitor report for January 2021. The report was produced by the BRC in partnership with KPMG.

German research on the dispersal of aerosols in concert halls

This study by the Fraunhofer Heinrich Hertz Institute measures Aerosol and CO2 at a concert hall in Dortmund, Germany called Konzerthaus Dortmund. It provides facts on the risks of a coronavirus infection during visits to concert halls and theatres. This is important groundwork for preparing to reopen live music and events. Learn more at the link above.

Taylor Guitars Transitions Ownership to its Employees

Taylor Guitars, a leading global builder of premium acoustic guitars, has announced its transition to 100% employee ownership through an Employee Stock Ownership Plan. The company say that they have made this move to preserve their innovative culture and position the company for sustainable success well into the future.

Here, we speak to Taylor co-founder and CEO Kurt Listug and find out more about this new direction for the company.

Millers Music: Lockdown Stories

If the past year has demonstrated anything, it is that music has an innate power to bring people together, share stories and allows us to inspire eachother. Over the past few months, MIA Member Millers Music have been speaking to a plethora of musicians, hobbyists, industry professionals and local music communities across the nation to see how music has impacted their lockdown experience and helped them cope with the struggles of coping with a global pandemic.