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:

The MIA is looking for new Board Directors!

We are currently evolving at pace, and we are keen to incorporate fresh ideas and different perspectives. As such, we are looking to expand the MIA Board, and have vacancies for a number of Directors, on a voluntary basis. You can find out more at the link above.

Ashdown Engineering announce new team

As they approach their 25th year in business and their 25th year at The NAMM Show, MIA Member Ashdown Engineering has appointed Daniel Gooday as Managing Director. Daniel will be taking over from Mark Gooday. Having been promoted from Marketing Director, Daniel will continue the family legacy of running Ashdown Engineering with a brand new and robust plan to drive the company forward globally. Ashdown have also announced a new Sales Director and a new full time Marketing team.

Steven Greenall, Chair of the MIA Board interviewed by Brass Band website 4barsrest

The chair of the MIA Board, Steven Greenall has recorded an excellent interview with Iwan Fox, Editor of 4barsrest.com, the world’s most visited brass band website.

In this interview, Steven and Iwan discuss the challenges posed by COVID-19, trading post Brexit, the importance of music education and more.

If you’d like to listen to a 12 minute talk about the work that the MIA are doing on behalf of the industry, you can do so at the link above,

Are you ready to test? Register for free workplace testing now!

As we edge closer to 12th April when non-essential retail is due to re-open in England, it is vital to do everything we can to minimise the risks of further lockdowns and closures.  Now is the time to consider how to keep your teams and customers safe, and workplace testing is a key part of this.

SME Brexit Support Fund Opens with £2,000 grants for exporting music businesses

Music SMEs can now apply for grants of up to £2,000 to help them adapt to new customs and tax rules when trading with the EU. The £20 million SME Brexit Support Fund enables music retailers and suppliers to access practical support, including training for new customs, rules of origin and VAT processes. Find out more here.