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State & Federal Government Assistance Packages Available for Winter 2021 Lockdowns in NSW, Victoria & SA

The State & Federal Governments have now announced various cash funding for employees and small businesses that have been affected by the current Lockdowns.

COVID-19 Disaster Payment

This scheme provides $375 per week for those workers who have lost between 8 and less than 20 hours’ work, or have lost a full day of work, and $600 per week if a person has lost over 20 hours’ work.

Application is via your MyGov account from Wednesday 28th July 2021, with payments weekly in arrears.

For more details see

Services NSW has opened the online application process.

The two Grants and links to the application forms follow:

2021 JobSaver Payment

2021 Covid 19 Micro Business Grant

Support is also available if you are impacted by the Victorian and SA lockdowns.

South Australian small and medium-sized businesses forced to close as a result of the state’s lockdown (beginning 20 July 2021) may be eligible for a $3,000 emergency cash grant as part of a major financial assistance package announced by the Government of South Australia.

Small businesses who don’t employ staff (ie. sole traders) may be eligible for $1000.

The $100 million Business Support Package will assist an estimated 50,000 eligible SMEs to cover ongoing operating costs such as rent, power bills, supplier and raw material costs and other fees.

The Victorian Government has announced new cash grants for businesses impacted by the lockdown declared on 15 July 2021.

The cash grants will be paid automatically to businesses that successfully received a grant from the Business Costs Assistance Program Round Two or the Licensed Hospitality Venue Fund 2021 (including regional businesses). See the info sheets below.

Support is available for individuals as well as businesses. Full details are available at the links below. These information sheets have been shared with members by the association’s auditors, Page Harrision  & Co

What lock down support is available to business in NSW?

What lock down support is available in Victoria?

What Lockdown Support is Available – All Individuals?

Music Education Sales

Located in Melbourne, Fine Music is a musical instrument retailer specialising in the supply of musical instruments and equipment to Schools, Teachers and Students.

We are searching for an experienced sales consultant to join our growing education sales team in our Hawthorn office. The successful candidate will have experience working in musical instrument retail with good general product knowledge across all categories including, GMI, Hi-Tech and Traditional products. Some experience working or teaching in a school environment is also advantageous.

This position is full time Monday to Friday 9:00am – 5:30pm

The successful candidate must possess:

  • The ability to play a musical instrument
  • Good general knowledge across all musical instrument categories
  • A proven availability to build and maintain relationships with customers
  • Experience in a music retail environment
  • A desire to keep up to date with the latest products / technologies
  • Ability to work independently, show initiative and be self motivated
  • Ability to work as part of a small team
  • An understanding of how Schools operate
  • Experience with Point-Of-Sale Software

Duties include:

  • Preparing quotes for schools and institutions
  • Processing customer orders
  • Building relationships with new and existing customers
  • Communicating with customers via phone, email and live chat platforms
  • Finding solutions and problem solving
  • Developing relevant product knowledge
  • Assist in product selection for website and other marketing material

Please send your resume & cover letter to

Due to the high quantity of applications we receive, only shortlisted candidates will be contacted.

Applications without a detailed cover letter will not be considered.



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.