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African Mahogany and Padauk added to Appendix II

20th December 2022

At the CITES CoP19 in November 2022, Khaya (aka African mahogany) and Pterocarpus (aka Padauk) were added to Appendix II with Annotation #17. This is the same level of protection, with a slightly different Annotation, that currently applies to Permambuco, Indian Rosewood, and other species used in musical instruments and accessories. The AMA looked at the Khaya proposal as part of our consultation with members and the Australian Government earlier this year. Continue reading

Major Overhaul of Environmental Law

8th December 2022

The Australian Government has released its response to the Samuel Review of the EPBC Act, a major piece of legislative reform for Australia’s central environment protection and biodiversity legislation. This development brings us one step closer to a better solution for streamlining permits for musical instruments containing endangered species. Continue reading

Melbourne Guitar Show Makes Long Awaited Return

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The Australian Music Association is excited to announce the return of the Melbourne Guitar Show in 2023, set for Caulfield Racecourse on March 4 & 5.

The response to the return of the Melbourne Guitar Show has been very encouraging after more than three years since the last show. The whole events industry is waking up again, post-pandemic and despite weather interventions in some parts of the state, festivals and events are being well supported again. Continue reading

NSW Back to School Vouchers

November 2022

The NSW Government has announced a new voucher program for back to school expenses. Among the list of items you might expect (stationary, uniforms etc), musical instruments are specifically listed as an eligible expense and the ‘other’ retail ANZSIC that includes musical instrument retail is listed as an eligible business type. Several members have told us that the process is fairly quick and easy.

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