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Australian Music Association is the industry body for the music products sector – wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers and associated services for musical instruments, pro audio, print music, lighting and computer music.

Rosewood restrictions on finished instruments lifted on schedule

Members have been advised of the new regulations applying from November 29th regarding the trade in finished musical instruments containing rosewood. As announced earlier (full details here), after three years of industry lobbying the CITES meeting in Geneva in August voted in favour of allowing exemptions for trade and movement of finished musical instruments containing […]

AMEB Releases its 2019 Online Orchestra Featuring ‘I Am Australian’

In a mammoth production, the AMEB has for the second time broadcast its Online Orchestra project on October 19 – featuring the iconic I Am Australian performed by hundreds of Australians in numerous settings around the country. In an an inspirational performance led by conductor Jessica Gethin, the AMEB Online Orchestra is Australia’s largest virtual […]

Check Out the Great Sessions For Retailers at 2020 NAMM Show

Wednesday January 15 is a must for retailers attending NAMM 2020 – there are two excellent, now traditional, NAMM U sessions. NAMM retail members seeking the latest in future-focused retail and financial strategies are invited to attend one of two day-long, interactive Summits that will explore exciting ways to amplify your retail success and dramatically […]

Plastic Bags Ban In VICTORIA come into effect November 1

The Victorian Government will implement a state-wide ban on lightweight plastic shopping bags from 1 November 2019. The ban applies to ALL retailers – including supermarkets, greengrocers, bakeries, pharmacies, clothes stores, restaurants, cafes, markets, food outlets, and many more. The ban will apply to all lightweight plastic shopping bags which have a thickness of 35 […]

NEW Giftcard Laws Come into Effect November 1

From 1 November 2019, new national laws for gift cards sold to consumers will require: • a minimum three-year expiry period; and • expiry information displayed prominently on cards. Most post-purchase fees will also be banned under the new laws. Cards and vouchers sold before 1 November 2019 continue to have the same expiry period […]

Vale Ted Middleton

Edward ‘Ted’ Middleton  (1944 – 2019)     The association was sad to learn of the passing of Ted Middleton on September 3rd. Ted was a very popular and well-respected member of the music products industry. Born in Scotland, raised in England, his parents were wartime entertainers who migrated to Australia. He formed the band, […]

Vale Steve Lincoln Smith

It is with great sadness that we announce that our friend and colleague, Steve Lincoln Smith passed away on September 8 with his wife Julie by his side. He was 60 years old. While his industry friends and colleagues knew he was crook, his passing has come as a surprise to many, and we offer […]

New AMA Office Bearers and Committee Elected at 2019 Annual General Meeting

The 2019 Annual General Meeting was held at Australis Music’s headquarters in Alexandria, NSW on Tuesday, 3 September. Michael Shade, General Manager, Music Products and Education Division at Yamaha Music was unanimously elected President on the day for the 2019-20 year. The new Executive Committee was also elected – representing the Wholesale Sector are; Michael […]

Rosewood Restrictions to be lifted for Musical Instruments

After three years of work and representation from a global coalition of companies and associations the CITES meeting in Geneva has voted in favour of allowing exemptions for trade and movement of finished musical instruments containing rosewood. Imports and exports of finished musical instruments, finished parts and finished accessories will no longer need a CITES […]

AMA Receives NAMM Foundation Grant to further Develop Music Making in Australia in 2019/20

            The Australian Music Association has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. The organization was selected as one of 28 music-making organizations to receive a grant to fund vital programs that provide access to music-making opportunities across a variety of different communities and demographics. “Through the transformative […]