Business Advice, Support & Guidance


Consolidating government advice, support and useful information for your business

The MPA has endeavoured to keep our members informed with up to date information and business developments surrounding the Brexit transition period, Covid-19 and the music publishing industry.
Here is a pool of our resources.

We thank you for your continued cooperation and we wish you all safe and well.

Brexit Transition Period

GOV.UK Transition Checker
The creative industries sector from January 2021
Business readiness bulletins from BEIS (containing links to useful resources and engagement sessions)
Government webinars for organisations that trade with the EU
Videos about trading with the EU
Tax Information for the Transition Period
MU Flowchart for Musicians
Information on ATA Carnets
Apply for ATA Carnet
Foreign Travel Advice
Further Guidance for Businesses
Travelling to Europe for Work? – Business Travel Explainer
Summary of the UK-EU Deal
Importing & Exporting Goods
GOV.UK Providing Services and Travelling for Business to the EU
BEIS Brexit Video Explainers
Internationalisation Fund now open for businesses in England
ICO – Data sharing following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU (Webinar)
ICO – End of transition – Interactive tool for small businesses
ICO – Data protection explained in three minutes
ICO – Data protection advice for small businesses
ICO – Data protection fee: what you need to do
Trading with the EU & NI Toolkit – Download PDF

UK – EU Data Negotiations Update

Steps your business needs to take:

  • You should take stock of the personal data you hold prior to January 2021
  • If you receive data from the EU/EEA, you should map your data flows and put in place alternative transfer mechanisms with any relevant EU organisations. 
  • You can put in place safeguards by incorporating standard contractual clauses.  Search ‘keep data flowing’ on the ICO’s website for more help.

Personal data provisions in the Withdrawal Agreement

  • Without adequacy decisions in place, the personal data protection provisions of the Withdrawal Agreement will come into effect. These require certain ‘legacy’ personal data you may hold to be protected in line with EU data law (in its end of transition period state).
  • Legacy data comprises personal data of individuals outside the UK (whether in the EEA or not) processed in the UK before the end of the transition period or subsequently on the basis of the Withdrawal Agreement.
  • You will need to familiarise yourself with these requirements to ensure you are in a position to comply.


Watch our webinar Navigating Brexit on demand below

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Business & Government Resources

GOV.UK Coronavirus Business Support
Furlough Scheme Extended into Spring 2021
Coronavirus Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) Rebate Scheme
Self-employment and Universal Credit
Working safely during Coronavirus
Corona Advice for Musicians
Support for UK businesses explained by PWC
Coronavirus (Covid-19) guidance for employees, employers and businesses
UK Music advice on coronavirus
Covid-19 and Contracts – Reed
Bounce Back Loan Scheme (BBLS)
Top-up to local business grant funds scheme
Coronavirus Future Fund *OPEN UNTI JANUARY 2021*
£1.57 billion investment to protect Britain’s cultural, arts and heritage institutions
 Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants *OPEN UNTIL 2021*
£880 million available for grants under Cultural Recovery Fund *OPEN UNTIL 2021*
 Self-Employment Income Support Scheme (SEISS) Second Round *ONLINE SERVICE FOR NEXT GRANT AVAILABLE FROM 30th November*
Culture Recovery Fund: Grants Second Round *DEADLINE 26th JANUARY 2021*
Culture Recovery Fund: Repayable Finance Round Two *

Funding Available

There are several funds out there specifically for music creators in these difficult times. Find out here if you’re eligible to apply.

Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Fund *NOW CLOSED TO NEW APPLICATIONS*
Musicians’ Union Coronavirus Hardship Fund *ONGOING to MU members* 
AIM COVID-19 Crisis Fund *ONGOING to AIM members*
PRS Emergency Relief Fund *NOW CLOSED*
PRS Members Fund *ONGOING to PRS members*
PRS Foundation Sustaining Creativity Fund *NOW CLOSED*
Youth Music Incubator Fund *Round 2 Deadline February 5th 2021*
PPL Momentum Music Fund *Next Deadline November 16th*
PRS Foundation International Showcase Fund (ISF) *Rolling Monthly Deadline*
Help Musicians Coronavirus Financial Hardship Funding Phase 4 *OPEN NOW UNTIL SEPTEMBER 2021*

Other General Business Resources

Attitude is Everything – Accessible Employment Guide

Get Involved

We are delighted to share with you our new initiatives in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. Read on for more information. 


MPA Wellness Webinar: Building Relationships and Building Your Own Identity

The MPA invites you to join Jack Williamson for our third Wellness Webinar.
Join us for the third of a series of Wellness Webinars hosted by Jack Williamson, CEO and Founder of Music+You.

Jack is a BACP Trainee Psychotherapist, ICF Certified Coach and NLP Master practitioner. His experience and expertise make him uniquely placed to support the mental health of the music industry.
This session will focus on a variety of different ways in which you can build long-lasting relationships with others, as well as building your own identity.

In this session the following topics will be covered:

  • How you can make a lasting impression and stick out from a crowd
  • Why truly knowing the individual you are building a relationship with can help enhance that relationship
  • How the company you keep can help or hinder building your relationships and shape your identity
  • How your actions can shape the re-actions of others



MPA Wellness Webinar: How to Communicate Effectively

Each and every one of us has a slightly different communication style and during this session we will be looking at how understanding your own communication style, can help you to communicate more effectively in all areas of your life.

Whether this is to improve and enhance your relationships with others or communicating the need for a better work life balance through being able to more clearly put in place boundaries and expectations, all the way through to being able to communicate effectively when in interviews, meetings or performance reviews, this session lead by Jack Williamson of Music & You will provide you with a variety of tools and techniques to help you communicate more effectively in your everyday life.


Sync Talent Competition – My Music in the Movies 

**NOW CLOSED – Thank you to all of our entrants**

Ever wanted to hear your music in a film or TV show?

Ever wondered how this could be possible?

During these unsettling times we want to celebratechampion and inspire amazing songwriting, whilst opening the eyes of young songwriters to the world of film and TV music. With the ‘My Music in the Movies’ competition, all budding songwriters of secondary school age (between the ages of 11-18) will have the opportunity to receive direct feedback from a panel of our fantastic Music Publishers Association members including Warner Chappell Music, Sony/ATV Music Publishing, Bucks Music Group, Downtown, Manners McDade and Peermusic. We’re also thrilled to announce new special guest judge, Tom Gray. Full details plus terms & conditions can be found here.

MPA Wellness Webinar – Mental Resilience During Coronavirus 

Thank you to everyone who attended our first Wellness Webinar with Jack Williamson CEO of Music+You.
You can find more details about Jack and his work here.


Virtual Course: The Publishing Effect – A 101 of Music Publishing

We were delighted to present our new digital course, ‘The Publishing Effect – A 101 of Music Publishing,’ over last Thursday 28th and Friday 29th May. Topics covered included copyright, publishing specialities and agreements, A&R and much more. This was a great taster for anyone interested in attending the Induction Course or our new Specialist Course. Thank you to all of our panelists and attendees who made both days such a success.

Wellness & Useful Infographics

6 Ways Nature Can Benefit Mental Health
PDF available here

Top 6 Simple Health Hacks
PDF available here

Top 6 Apps for Wellness and Wellbeing
PDF available here

Top 6 Ways Use Music to Lift Your Spirits
PDF available here

Top 6 Self-care tips
PDF available here
Top 6 Ways to Work From Home Effectively
PDF available here

Top 6 Lockdown Activities
PDF available here

Your 5 Point Personal Contingency Plan
PDF available here

7 Self-employment Income Support Scheme FAQ’s
PDF available here

Music and You – Mental Health Resources

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