For many months, the MIA has been working with a group of other UK trade associations that manage the hugely successful Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) to urge DIT to turn the TAP back on, after the grants were suspended in 2020. This week DIT has officially announced that its flagship programme, which is credited with millions of pounds of UK export sales in the music industry has been cancelled. The scheme has helped 225 music companies and provided over £1m in grants.
Given the Government’s strategy of export and trade agreements, withdrawing support from export businesses at this critical time is clearly a decision that the MIA does not support, and we will be contacting former TAP recipients to ask their support in our official lobbying of Government over the coming weeks and months.
If you’d like to discuss this with us, please come along to our drop-in session at 10 am on Friday 2nd July:
This week’s MIA drop-in session: A world of opportunity. During the session, we’ll discuss a replacement TAP scheme as part of the Government’s future export strategy.
Please get in touch with Alice if you’d like to join us on Friday.