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:

Preliminary results of ground-breaking research project into the impact of Covid-19 on musical instruments and singing

The MIA hosted a hugely informative webinar on 25th February 2021 on Music Instrument Disinfection and Wind Instrument Aerosol Production during COVID-19.

Our sister association in France, La Chambre Syndicale de la Facture Instrumentale(CSFI), with funding from various MI companies and the French Ministry of Culture, have investigated the impact of Covid on musical instruments and singing. With the formal research being completed this month, this project is one of the most important pieces of research in Europe, if not the world. The project is called PIC-PIV which stands for “Protocoles pour les Instruments face au Coronavirus et Pratiques Instrumentales et Vocales”.

You can find out more at the link above and re-watch our live webinar.

The BRC Economic Briefing Report for February 2021

The British Retail Consortium has released its Economic Briefing Report for February 2021. You can read it at the link above.

Signal Sounds: Glasgow Retailer Expands Global Footprint Through Online Sales

In 2020, more people bought musical instruments online than ever before. It was a challenging year for many in the musical instrument industry, but a bright spot was knowing that people were making music at home and that many retailers have been able to support their businesses through consistent online sales. In this interview, we speak to Jason Brunton, Owner of Signal Sounds about his experiences with using Reverb.com.

The first edition of ‘The Retailer’ for 2021

The Retailer is the British Retail Consortium’s in-house quarterly online magazine that provides thought-leading insights from BRC experts and Associate Members. We are pleased to share the Winter 2021 edition of The Retailer with you. This is a valuable resource for professionals working across all areas of retail.

The #ShopKind Campaign

We are lucky in our industry to work with mostly lovely customers who have a passion for music, but most of us have some experience of dealing with people who aren’t so pleasant.

Launching on 19th April, ShopKind is a new campaign aimed at promoting respect for those working across food and non-food retail, just as many of you will be re-opening your stores. Find out more above.