Our Chief Executive, Steven, has been appointed to the board of the Music Industries Association – the trade body for the UK musical instrument industry.
Steven joins nine other leading figures from the music industry whose goal is to promote, protect and support the UK music making sector.
The MIA is recognised by the UK government as being the ‘lead body’ for the sector – which annually contributes £4.5 billion to the economy (Source: UK Music, 2018).
Steven, who helped pioneer the concept of affordable instruments to enable more people to play music and was also a keynote speaker at the recent MIA Forum on developing education opportunities, said: “As a company, our goal is to make the joy of music both accessible and fun and this resonates precisely with the MIA’s ambitions.
“Music can transform lives, support educational achievement and brings people together. MIA plays a major role in both promoting and protecting UK music as well as publicising the substantial and wide-ranging benefits of music-making.”
MIA is also a leading supporter of the Music for All charity that donates instruments and music tuition to community groups, disadvantaged individuals and also grant aids music groups and educational organisations.
“Fundamentally, every young person should have the opportunity to participate in and enjoy music making. It is proven that it improves educational attainment and studies worldwide show that playing music in a group, ensemble or orchestra helps develop team participation and leadership. MIA plays a significant part in promoting the life-changing benefits of making music,” said Steven.
CEO of the MIA, Paul McManus, said he was delighted that Steven had been elected to the Board.
“Steven brings game-changing thinking to the MIA. His strategic planning and passion for music education will be a tremendous asset for our industry trade body.”