COVID-19 information to support the Industry

Here is some information which aims to support MI businesses through the Coronavirus outbreak.

We are trying to bring you all relevant documents and there are a number of links here that should prove helpful.

Here are some articles written by the MIA and our trusted partners:

COVID-19: Advice for the musical instrument industry

COVID-19: Advice for musical instrument retailers

Clarity on latest Government announcements for Businesses and COVID-19

COVID-19: The latest HR advice for employers

COVID-19: Teaching music during the Coronavirus outbreak

MIA support for our industry through the virus crisis

COVID-19: MI suppliers announce support for UK dealers

Our partners at the ISM have published coronavirus advice for music professionals, which includes:

Financial advice:

Advice for performers:

Advice for teachers:

The Chancellor has unveiled a much-needed package of measures for self-employed workers who will be able to claim 80% of profits, up to a maximum of £2,500 per month. You can click here to see the ISM’s reaction to Chancellor’s announcement of support for the self-employed.

Here is some guidance issued by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy

This bulletin provides information for employers and businesses on Coronavirus (COVID-19). All guidance, information and announcements can be found at GOV.UK. Organisations should pay particular attention to the guidance for employees, employers and businesses which is being updated regularly with the latest advice.

The Government is supporting businesses and their employees through a package of measures during this period of unprecedented disruption. The Business Support website helps you find the right support, advice and information to help with the impact of coronavirus (COVID-19) on your business. This website will continue to be updated as information becomes available.

A full range of business support measures have been made available to UK businesses and employees. Find out how to access the support that has been made available, who is eligible, when the schemes open and how to apply here.


  • New rules on staying at home and away from others
  • Further businesses and premises to close
  • New Updates and Guidance
  • Requests for business intelligence and assistance

New rules on staying at home and away from others

The single most important action we can all take in fighting the coronavirus, is to stay at home in order to protect the NHS and save lives. The government has introduced three new measures.

  1. Requiring people to stay at home, except for very limited purposes
  2. Closing non-essential shops and community spaces
  3. Stopping all gatherings of more than two people in public

Gatherings of more than two people in public are permitted where the gathering is essential for work purposes – but workers should be trying to minimise all meetings and other gatherings in the workplace.

Travelling to and from work is permitted, but only where this absolutely cannot be done from home.

Every citizen must comply with these new measures. They will initially last for the three weeks from 23 March, at which point the Government will look at them again and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible.

Further businesses and premises to close

Guidance has been issued on the closure of all retailers that sell non-essential goods and other non-essential premises, as part of further social distancing measures. A full list of the businesses and premises that must remain closed is available. Takeaway and delivery services may remain open and operational. Online retail is still open and encouraged and postal and delivery service will run as normal. Retail and public premises which expect to remain open must:

  • Ensure a distance of two meters between customers and shop assistants; and
  • Let people enter the shop only in small groups, to ensure that spaces are not crowded.
  • Queue control is required outside of shops and other essential premises that remain open.

The Government will look again at these measures in three weeks and relax them if the evidence shows this is possible. Everyone is instructed to comply with the rules issued by the government in relation to coronavirus, in order to protect both themselves and others.

New Updates and Guidance

Extra protection for businesses with ban on evictions for commercial tenants

Commercial tenants who cannot pay their rent because of coronavirus will be protected from eviction. More information is available here.

COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility – Now open for applications

Under the new COVID-19 Corporate Financing Facility, the Bank of England will buy short term debt from larger companies. All non-financial companies that meet the criteria set out on the Bank of England’s websiteare eligible. The scheme is now available for applications. More information is available from the Bank of England.

Business grant funding and business rates holiday for retail, hospitality and leisure businesses

Additional information on business grant funding guidance, and on the expanded retail discount guidance for local authorities is now available. Businesses do not need to take action. Your local authority will write to you if you are eligible for grant funding. Business rate holiday changes will apply to your next council tax bill in April 2020.

Apprenticeship programme response

The Education and Skills Funding Agency is taking steps to ensure that, wherever possible, apprentices can continue and complete their apprenticeship and to support providers during this challenging time. New guidance has been published for apprentices, employers, training providers and assessment organisations.

Financial assistance for employers unable to pay statutory redundancy payments

This page has been updated with information about the financial assistance scheme for employers unable to pay statutory redundancy payments.

Requests for business intelligence and assistance

Help us reach businesses to urgently raise awareness of available support

We need your help to reach businesses across the UK to urgently raise awareness of the new coronavirus government Business Support campaign and the assistance available. A new toolkit includes content and messaging for you to share on your social media, websites, internal channels and newsletters to amplify campaign messages. The toolkit will help ensure all businesses have the best and most up to date information on the support that is available to them in a fast-moving situation.

Here is a useful summary from The Queen’s Award for Enterprise:

  • Coronavirus Business Interruption Loan Scheme which will help businesses affected to access bank lending and overdrafts if they need to. For loans up to £5 million, the Government is providing a guarantee for each loan. Find out more.
  • Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme where all UK employers with a PAYE scheme will be able to access support to continue paying part of their employees’ salary for those who would otherwise have been laid off during this crisis. Find out more.
  • Business Rates Holiday for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure sectors in England for the 2020-21 tax year. Find out more.
  • Up to £25,000 per property Cash Grant for Retail, Hospitality and Leisure in England. Find out more.
  • Small Business Grant Funding for small businesses in England that already pay little or no business rates because of small business rate relief, rural rate relief and tapered relief. Find out more.
  • Statutory Sick Pay Rebate to allow small and medium-sized businesses to reclaim Statutory Sick Pay paid for staff absence due to coronavirus. Find out more.
  • Time to Pay – all businesses and self-employed people in financial distress, and with outstanding tax liabilities, may be eligible to receive support with their tax affairs through HMRC’s Time to Pay Service. Find out more.
  • Covid-19 Corporate Financing Facility where the Bank of England will buy short-term debt from larger companies. Find out more.
  • VAT Deferral for 3 months for businessesFind out more.
  • Income Tax Deferral for the Self-Employed under the Self-Assessment System until January 2021. Find out more.
  • Frequently asked questions that will be regularly updated according to the latest advice and guidance.

Further advice for businesses and employees in ScotlandWales and Northern Ireland is available.