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Make Music Day Australia | Ways The Industry Can Lead The Way

There are many ways to be involved or participate in Make Music and we have prepared a one page Advisory that helps with suggestions and ideas. Download MAKE MUSIC DAY 2021 – BE IN IT!  There is plenty to inspire your participation and assist the association in growing this celebration of music making in our country, while joining thousand of locations around the world.

Our industry can be crucial in raising public awareness of the event by using our customer networks to spread the word about the event. There are great ways to engage with customers and grow music making in your locality.

The Make Music Day website provides resources and images to make promoting Make Music Day easy. CLICK HERE. Now, in year four in Australia, the event this year looks to come out from the pandemic and gather people to make music in cities and towns across Australia.

Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 800 cities in 120 countries.
Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music Day is open to anyone who wants to take part. It’s a DIY Music Festival! Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional, of every musical persuasion — can organise their own gig, or join the many organisations that will host events, to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Ozwinds Moorabbin Seeks Sales Consultant

Ozwinds Brass & Woodwind is Australia’s largest specialist brass and woodwind instrument retailer, with 4 stores around Australia. We’re seeking an enthusiastic and outgoing sales consultant to work in our Moorabbin store full time position, 5 days per week.
As a Retail Sales Consultant, you will be responsible for providing an outstanding customer service experience to our clients. Using your excellent people skills and professional demeanour, you will assist a wide variety of clients in purchasing and maintaining a broad range of brass, woodwind, and orchestral string instruments. You will also maintain excellent standards of presentation, organisation and cleanliness in our retail store and warehouse
Full Time Position, 5 days per week.
For the full listing CLICK HERE

AMA Announces Key Partners for Make Music Day Australia 2021

In announcing this year’s celebration that unites the world in Music Making, the AMA has announced key partnerships that will drive the event this year. The event is enabled with generous funding support from the NAMM Foundation. Leading the Australian sponsors list is the NSW state government with Create NSW as well as The Live Music Office, Community Music Victoria and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia.

Australian Music Association Executive Officer Rob Walker said, “The AMA is excited to give musicians of all levels the opportunity to create their own stage on Make Music Day. The synergy of purpose between the partners driving the event is striking, and we look forward to engaging our communities in live music on June 21, 2021.”

Lucy Joseph of the Live Music Office commented, “Make Music Day is all about allowing communities of audiences and musicians to engage with each other for one day to make free, accessible music and to celebrate the role that music plays in our everyday lives.”

The Live Music Office will work with Make Music Day to promote participation, engage with other government agencies and liaise with music industry stakeholders, local councils, venues and organisations promoting the benefits and opportunities surrounding Make Music Day.

Government and organisations lend their weight to the national effort with key partners including Create NSW, Community Music Victoria and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia and many others. Create NSW has been pivotal in developing initiatives in its state which reveal a deep desire for Australians to make music. Chris Keely, Executive Director, Create NSW said:

“Create NSW is excited to continue our involvement in Make Music Day in 2021. Make Music Day connects NSW to the global music community and offers a significant opportunity for practitioner and audience development. Through Make Music Day, Create NSW engages with the NSW music sector by brokering partnerships and facilitating events both live and online that demonstrate the joy of music in our lives”.

Community Music Victoria’s Craig Barrie said, “Community Music Victoria is proud to be a foundation partner of this annual celebration of music. The well-documented benefits of singing and playing together have never been more important, as communities reconnect after a challenging year. Make Music Day is the perfect catalyst for inspiring creativity and joy through music and celebrating our music-making communities.”

By establishing one specific day each year, June 21, to celebrate music, Make Music Day encourages both amateur and professional music making, and empowers individuals to seek out ways to celebrate music in their community.

The full 2021 Press release announcing the event can be viewed HERE

Logans Pianos Celebrates National Small Business Award

Sydney’s Oldest Independent Music Shop Wins National Local Business Awards

This month, Logans Pianos won The Australian Small Business Champion award for specialty retail. This solidifies Logans as Sydney’s oldest independent music shop, and one of the oldest music shops in Australia.

Opened by Charles Logan Sr. in 1920, the store is currently run by the third and fourth Generation of Logans, Geoff & Chris Logan. This award marks a significant milestone for Logans Pianos in their 101st year of operation.

Logans was also recognised by NAMM (National Association of Music Merchants) as one of the top 100 music stores in the world in 2020.

Logans is primarily a community store, sometimes having served multiple generations of the same family, in addition to some of Sydney’s most prestigious music institutions, and international artists like Barbra Streisand, Delta Goodrem and Sir Elton John.

“There are families that have been coming to us for three or four generations, and schools who’ve been with us for decades and decades”, says General Manager Chris Logan

“I want to thank all of our staff, customers, and my parents for this monumental achievement. You are what makes Logans what it is – one of the best music shops in the world” added Chris.

YAMAHA Seeks Portable Keyboards & Digital Pianos Product Manager

Yamaha, the Australian market leader in musical products, premium home entertainment and music education is seeking a highly organised and driven Portable Keyboards & Digital Pianos Product Manager Product Manager for the Music Products Division.

Duties Include:

  • Maintaining inventory control for purposes of accurately forecasting sales, ordering stock and managing slow moving stock
  • Write monthly reports for local and Yamaha Corporation Japan (YCJ) management
  • Work closely with the Marketing Manager – Traditional Instruments to ensure effective creation and implementation of our strategic marketing plan
  • Monitor market share information and distribute to management
  • Be the authority on all products within the category

For full details see the SEEK listing HERE

Applications close April 9, 2021


The SoundLab Music School is looking for qualified VOCAL & PIANO TEACHERS to join our team!

Local applications only, as required to teach on site physically in Prahran Melbourne.

Ability to teach beginner to advanced Piano: Jazz/contemporary/pop styles (Vocal capability is a bonus).
Ability to teach beginner to advanced Vocals: Pop/contemporary/musical theatre/rock styles (instrumental capability is a bonus).
Must have:
-ABN & WWC check
-A 250 word bio and appropriate video clips to use in promotion
-Capability and have own equipment for ZOOM lessons at home if required.

Please send cover letter/CV/youtube clips to with subject heading MUSIC TEACHER AVAILABLE.


One of the AMA’s premier hosted events is Make Music Day Australia. and Make Music Day will  be happening on June 21 2021. We’re inviting people to create their own stage

Unlike traditional music festivals, Make Music Day is an open invitation for everyone to make music anywhere and everywhere. In 2020 our annual celebration of music making pivoted to online as well as face-to-face as was allowed in some states and territories. It was a great success with over 60 online submission online to supplement over 200 other events around the country. We hope to be taking over the streets, parks and venues with music making on June 21, but we now know that people can successfully participate online too. We invite Australia to join one of the Make Music Day initiatives that will take place either face-to-face or online on June 21, 2021. Some of the initiatives that we joined in with international partners included.

Check out the Make Music Australia 2021 Launch Press Release

The is information on how to participate HERE

There are the 2021 GUIDES  on how you can be involved HERE

You can Make your own social media tile for your event HERE

You can Submit a pre recorded video for publication on JUNE 21 HERE



Port Mac Guitars is Hiring! Online Sales and Customer Service

Port Mac Guitars has an interesting Online sales and customer service position available. The role is able to work remotely. Full details are available at this SEEK listing


A Retailer of Electric, Acoustic and Bass Guitars and related accessories located in Port Macquarie NSW and established in 2004 Port Mac Guitars has grown to be one of the biggest names in guitars in Australia. Very strong online and one of Australia’s top dealers for Fender, Gibson and Ibanez guitars and carry many other leading brands such as Charvel, Jackson, Epiphone, PRS, Maton and Cole Clark just to name some. We have also been recognized by NAMM in 2016 as having the Best Online Engagement of any store in the world. In 2017 we installed our first PLEK machine and subsequently purchased a second in 2020. We are the only store in the world to include a full PLEK setup at no extra charge with every guitar purchase making our store the number one choice for guitarists looking for the best playing guitar possible.


  • Work for a leading Australian Guitar Retailer. Our Industry-leading store sets the standard for what a guitar shop can be.
  • No need to relocate if you have kids in school or a partner with a job they want to stay at. But you are welcome to relocate and work at our Port Macquarie location should you want a seachange. We are open to either option.