Category Archives: Member Updates

AMA Honours Decades of Service

9th March, 2023

The Australian Music Association has presented awards to Rob Walker and Greg Phillips at a special industry reception, held at the Melbourne Guitar Show. These are rarely presented, only for individuals that have made a significant long-term contribution to the music products industry, and this was the first award presentation since 2019. Continue reading

Melbourne Guitar Show Evaluation

We are thoroughly evaluating the 2023 Melbourne Guitar Show in order to make improvements, respond to the needs of exhibitors, attendees and musicians, and clarify the purpose and direction of the show.

Exhibitors: please complete this survey

There is also a public survey and musicians survey.

We will also be looking at ticketing, social media, media and other data to assess the success and potential of the show.

If you would like to discuss this, contact Alex.

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