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The ISM and the Musicians Union submit joint response to Government on Ivory Act sanctions.

The ISM and the Musicians Union have submitted a joint response to the Government’s consultation on civil sanctions for breaches of the Ivory Act.

The response emphasised the need for the Government to ensure that clear guidance is available to all musicians who might own an instrument which falls under the exemption for pre-1975 musical instruments containing less than 20% ivory by volume.

By ensuring the guidance is available and well signposted, the Government would help guarantee that musicians are not unintentionally found to be in breach of the sanctions because of insufficient or unclear information. Importantly, this must include how the registration of exempt items will work in practice and clarification on whether separate exemption certificates are required for separate items, such as a bow for a stringed instrument.

The ISM and the Musicians Union had previously submitted joint responses to the consultation on the Act in November 2020 and again in May 2021 and we are pleased to have secured the exemption for musical instruments dated pre-1975 and containing less than 20% ivory by volume.

However, we will be asking the Government to look again at proposals for musicians to be exempt from the registration fee, something we called for in our previous response.