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NAMM Congratulates the Global Top 100 Awards Dealer – Including five Aussie Stores

NAMM has announced the music product retailers to be honored in its Top 100 Dealer Awards. Now in its tenth year, the annual awards honor retailers who demonstrate exceptional commitment to their stores, neighbourhoods, and customers and share in a vision of creating a more musical world through their local communities. This year we’re pleased to announce the Australian dealers who made the Top 100. Congratulations to AMA Members, Bernies Music Land, Ringwood VIC, Better Music, Phillip ACT and Big Music, Crows Nest, NSW,  and Logans Pianos and Artist Guitars of NSW

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Bernie and Michelle Capicchiano celebrating their award

Maton to Celebrate 75th Anniversary

Maton was featured in media recently in a comprehensive piece about past and present to celebrate 75 years since Bill May started Maton – congratulations to Mrs May and the Kitchen family on such a monumental achievement – this news piece says it all. (we have to forgive Channel 9 for getting Neville’s name wrong!)


AMA 2020 AGM Elects new Executive Committee and Office Bearers for 2020-21

The association’s AGM was held yesterday, November 24, 2020 and in addition to the usual procedural necessities, a new executive committee elected by the membership. In a difficult year for the association and the industry it is good to acknowledge past service and new contributions. Stepping down this year were past-president, Craig Johnston, Jarred Finnigan, Matt Walsham and Dave Clark. A unanimous vote of thanks was passed by the executive committee following the AGM in appreciation of their service. Coming onto the committee are Andrew Muller, from Soundbay, Michelle Brown from Fine Music, Jeff Higgins from Encore Music Distributors and returning after a break, Dom Disisto of Holden Hill Music.
Michael Shade, GM at Yamaha was re-elected president for a second year, and Anthony Ursino, Macro Music and Graham Hoskins, Concept Music were re-elected Vice president and Treasurer respectively.
Also returning to the committee were Warrick Baker, Kawai, Andrew Collyer, Hal Leonard, Tony Burn from the Resource Corporation and Fender’s MD, Mark Amory.
The committee also discussed a couple of vacancies available, and has extended invitations to Phil Muffet of Jands and Michael Jago of Link Audio to fill these vacancies. These appointments will be made at the next meeting in January.
Gillian Erskine, Forte Music, Mat Taylor, Yamaha and Stefan Krcmarov, Piano Warehouse were appointed as ex-officios to work on our subcommittee for Traditional Instruments and Education. The other working committees will be appointed also in January.

Vale Noel Harriman

Noel Harriman


“ In Life , what we believe defines us …. What we experience shapes us ..”

It is with sadness we would like to inform you of the passing of Noel Harriman on November 17, 2020 at the age of 89. Noel would have turned 90 on 25th December, and always said that’s why his name was Noel because he was born on Christmas Day.
Noel was well known in the industry for his jovial nature and was famous for his often questionable jokes .Noel was certainly one of the more charismatic characters in the industry and will be fondly remembered by everyone that had the pleasure of knowing him and dealing with him.
Noel, “Uncle Noel” as he was affectionately known to all his customers , retired from the industry in December 2007 , after working for Rose Music / Yamaha for 11 years , and the final 24 years of his career at Musical Merchandisers.
In retirement Noel settled into a lovely life on the Central Coast of NSW where he was always surrounded by his adoring family, and friends.
Noel is survived by his beautiful wife Chris and 6 loving and wonderful children. On behalf of the Australian Music Association and Noel’s many friends and colleagues in the industry we extend our condolences.

COVID19 Restrictions Lifted in Victoria

Victoria’s music retailers will celebrate some good news with the retail reopening date for metropolitan Melbourne, officially announced by the Victorian Premier from Wednesday 28 October 2020.

Staff are now permitted back into any Melbourne metropolitan stores to begin Covid safe and Christmas preparations.

There are no new restrictions imposed on retailers at this time. Victorian retailers need to keep stores, staff and customers safe and have a COVIDSafe Plan in place before re-opening. If you need help creating a COVIDSafe Plan, please call Business Victoria on 13 22 15.

The Australian Retailers Association has provided some facts sheets to assist with reopening:

Brass & Woodwind, Singing Classes Not Permitted in Schools in Victoria in Term 4

The AMA is Supporting efforts to persuade the Minister & the CMO that group tuition in singing and brass & woodwind can proceed with COVID safe processes. The AMA, has written to the Minister for Education on behalf of our members and the broader music education community to express our deep concern regarding the sudden and blanket prohibition of brass and woodwind instruments and singing in schools as outlined in the Schools Operation Guide communicated on 4 October 2020. A music education consultative group including the AMA seeks the opportunity to work with Health and Education Officials to implement COVID safe practices which protect our community in a return to holistic music making in our schools.

Members can read the AMA’s submission in support of Music in Schools AMA Letter of Support Covid Safe Schools

You can also listen to a teacher explaining their challenges on the ABC’s breakfast with Sammy J



Albert Music (through its philanthropic arm The Tony Foundation) has recently published a report entitled Music Education: A Sound Investment. It’s a great advocacy document for music in schools, and can be found here: Music Education: A Sound Investment (full report). One of the report’s co-authors, Dr Anita Collins, has also published a book entitled The Music Advantage which is discussed in the article. We encourage members to read these, and increase music education advocacy.

“Coming some 15 years after the AMA sponsored Review of Music Education, it is timely to see a broad and funded effort in campaigning for improved music education in public schools. The AMA will work with The Tony Foundation and contribute any way it can to contribute to this advocacy effort”, said president Michael Shade

Damon McMahon Departs Casio

Damon McMahon

After 9 ½ years Damon McMahon who has headed the Casio Electronic Musical Instruments division since 2011 has resigned and is going to Madison AV in the pro audio sector.

“I’m joining the Pro A/V industry in a senior sales role involved with all things digital audio & video related. Whilst I’m looking forward to this fresh challenge, it has truly been a difficult decision”. Damon said.

“The music products industry is, for most members, a way of life. It’s anything but just “a job” or “just a business”. I leave a great business and an iconic brand which, in many ways, leads the categories in which it competes. But much more difficult is leaving wonderful colleagues and customers, many of whom have become life-long friends”.

“I think it fair to say we share a common passion in making music, which makes such a positive difference in people’s lives. This alone makes it pretty difficult for most of us to contemplate “should I do something else?”.

Damon’s departure will provide a senior sales role opportunity open up. Shriro’s General Manager Piers Halleen, advised that the role will be based in Sydney, and will be responsible for managing one of Casio EMI’s leading sales territories. The successful applicant will have a strong background in piano and keyboard categories and demonstrate a clear understanding of the sales process.

If you have the skills and desire, drop Piers a note @

The Association wishes Damon all the best and extends its thanks and appreciation of his service on the executive committee in recent years.

Additional Assistance Announced for Victorian Small Business

The Premier, yesterday (Sunday 13th September) announced an additional financial support package for businesses affected by lockdown restrictions. In summary, this provides the following relief to qualifying retail businesses in Victoria:

  1. Around 75,000 eligible businesses with payrolls up to $10 million will receive grants of $10,000, $15,000 or $20,000 depending on their size.
  2. The Government will now defer payroll tax for businesses with payrolls up to $10 million for the full 2020-21 financial year.
  3. $20 million will be allocated for small businesses to access off-the-shelf digital programs such as Shopify or Squareonline, training and workshops designed to help businesses adapt to online operations.

Click for Vic, a new website and campaign aimed at encouraging Victorians to support local businesses will be boosted with $8.5 million for more marketing and advertising, and expanding the digital platform and its partnerships with third-party e-commerce providers to sell these strengths far and wide.

Source: Australian Retailers Association

Premier’s statement is available here 200913 – Supporting Victorian Businesses On Our Road To COVID Normal

Full details of the funding program can be found by CLICKING HERE


Victorian Stage 4 COVID Restrictions Extended

In what was disappointing news for music retailers in Melbourne metro, the Premier announcement an extension to the current Stage 4 COVID-19 restrictions on September 6. A full summary is available at the DHHS website CLICK HERE

Music retail will continue to operate in most cases with their click and collect and home delivery services to serve the music making needs of the city. Most are likely to re-open their doors to customers after October 26 under the current restrictions announced.