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Make Music Day 2021 saw Australians play music on stages, in the streets, in their homes and more. From the Sydney Symphony and music legends like Kate Ceberano to community groups, schools and solo acts, heaps of  Australians got into the Make Music Day spirit. Check out our highlights reel

You can see a full list of the events that took place HERE In a year affected by COVID 19 nearly 100 separate events took place in all sorts of places.

For a full summary of the day, feature videos and more go to our Australian Musician online magazine

Victoria in 7-Day Lockdown from May 28 – June 3

Victorians only have 5 reasons to leave home for the next week. These include care and caregiving, exercise, authorised work, groceries and getting vaccinated. Face masks will now be required everywhere outside of the home (previously masks were required in indoor settings only). Exercise and shopping will be limited to five kilometres from home. Non-essential retail will be closed, but may operate for contactless click-and-collect and home deliveries only. (Essential retail includes: Supermarkets, food stores, petrol stations, banks, bottle shops and pharmacies).

You can download the Statement From The Acting Premier_ May 27

And see a list of New rules applying to the Lockdown for May 27 – June 3

Make Music Day Australia Just Weeks Away!

One of the AMA’s major undertakings each year is Make Music Day Australia. Held in places all over Australia the Global celebration of music making that is Make Music Day takes place on June 21. Numerous events around the country are being planned and numbers have already been registered on the Make Music Day Australia website.
Retailers including Bernies Musicland and Resonator Music have announced events and we expect more in the coming weeks.
The AMA has started an Ambassador program in 2021 and we are very pleased to announced Kate Ceberano, Lee Kernaghan, Jack Howard, Andy Baylor and Sarah Carroll have agreed to endorse our event so far.
APRA AMCOS, Create NSW, Community Music Victoria and the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia are all supporting our efforts to raise the profile of community music making in 2021. The NAMM Foundation continues to be our presenting partner as we seek to see music making celebrated around the world on June 21.

Be in it. Do something at your store. There’s a list of suggestions HERE  –

Help in telling your communities about the event on June 21. Download the Event One-Page MakeMusicDayExplainer21 and distribute it in your community.

Download some ready made social media posts with pics  MMD 2021 Resources – social media post suggestions

New Regulations on Button Batteries Effect Industry’s Products

The Federal Government has made moves to improve the safety of button batteries by introducing new safety regulations.
Under the new mandatory safety and information standards, products must have secure battery compartments to prevent children from gaining access to the batteries. Button batteries are used in a variety of products our industry deals in, including Tuners, Guitar Preamps, On Board Pickup Systems, Remote Controls, Wireless Systems, Microphones, etc
Manufacturers must also undertake compliance testing to demonstrate batteries are secure, supply higher risk batteries in child-resistant packaging, and place additional warnings and emergency advice on packaging and instructions.
The regulations come into effect on June 22, 2022 and all businesses that supply button batteries or products containing button batteries in Australia must comply with the standards.
Read the ACCC press release here

Industry Comments on Media Reform Green Paper

The executive committee developed a submission to the Media Form Green Paper proposals in which could affect the operation of some wireless audio devices, (Eg: wireless microphones (handheld, lapel and headset mics), wireless guitar and instrument systems, and wireless in-ear listening/hearing systems). While these are not specifically mentioned in the green paper, most of these systems operate under the current Low Interference Potential Devices Class Licence (LIPD) utilising spectrum in the 520 – 694 MHz as secondary users to Free to Air TV services, which is the primary focus of the Green Paper.  The submission urges the department to consider these systems and ensure allowances are made to support their operation within any new framework that is proposed. The viability of these systems is reliant on continued availability of sufficient interference-free spectrum in the UHF TV broadcast band.

First Ambassadors for Make Music Day Australia announced

Kawai artists Kate Ceberano and Lee Kernaghan are newly anointed Ambassadors of Make Day along with respected Hunters & Collectors trumpet player, Jack Howard. More artists are being approached to lend their name to the event which celebrates music making for all the good it does in the community.
Members are encouraged to consider who among their endorsees and associates may be considered as a Make Music Day Australia ambassador. Contact us by Email for an Ambassador’s brief or if there are any questions.

Industry Import Data Released for 2020

A summary which can be read by CLICKING HERE reveals that the 2020 ABS Import statistics would record an uplift in the overall music products market with a near 2% value increase over 2019, along with a 4% drop in volume. While some sectors had very challenging times through the pandemic period others experienced strong demand. Difficulties in supply were experienced and back orders long. The usual patterns of imports arriving were altered and may become evident in 2021 figures.
The full summary of all product segments for 2020 is available in the Members area of the website.

NSW Government Supports Make Music Day

Create NSW has partnered with the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment as part of The Festival of Place to offer Small Project Grants of $15,000 specifically for Make Music Day.  A total of $90,000 will be available to support six programs to be held across NSW. On the 20th and 21st June, we are enabling FREE music in public spaces for audiences around the state; on street corners, in parks, libraries, gardens and main streets.

You can read the Minister’s release HERE NSW GOVT MEDIA REL Local musicians supported in global event

Applicants are encouraged to review the information and apply to further amplify (see what I did there?) Make Music Day events in your local government area.

Applications now open and will close on Sunday 16th May 2021.

Further details about The Small Project Grants for Make Music Day

Information Session Webinar for The Small Project Grants

Tuesday 4th May, 2021, 11am – 12pm. Register now.

For more information about Create NSW’s involvement in Make Music Day

Further details about The Festival of Place

The Festival of Place celebrates the importance, breadth, beauty and possibilities of public spaces across NSW. It is a place-based, citizen-led and multidisciplinary festival that shines a light on the value of our great public spaces and the stories that enrich them and bind us together.

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.