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Vale Vera May

Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Vera May, and all at Maton Guitars, after the matriarch figure of the iconic Australian acoustic instrument maker passed away at the age of 102 on Wednesday. Continue reading

Federal Budget 2022-23

The Federal Budget, announced on 29th March 2022, included some changes to tax breaks for businesses.

  • The instant asset write off has not been extended, meaning businesses will have to have installed or be using new equipment by June 30, 2023 to claim full expensing.
  • A new Technology Investment Boost will provide a 20% bonus deduction for the cost of expenses and depreciating assets, up to $100,000 of expenditure per year. This is available to businesses with a turnover of up to $50m per year. Eligible expenditure includes items such as portable payment devices, cyber security systems and subscriptions to cloud-based services.
  • A new Skills and Training Boost will work in a similar way, providing a 20% bonus deduction for the cost of external training courses delivered to employees in Australia or online, by providers registered in Australia.

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NAMM’s ‘Believe in Music’ focuses on the Australian industry

In January 2022, a panel of industry leaders from the Australian Music Association participated in a discussion for NAMM’s Believe in Music series. Rob Walker (AMA), Anthony Ursino (Macron Music / AMA President), Warrick Baker (Kawai / AMA Vice President) and Michael Jago (Link Audio / AMA Treasurer) took an in-depth look at the post-pandemic state of the market. In this video they analyze new developments, share some lessons learned through the pandemic. Continue reading

AMA Office Bearers for 2021-22 Elected | Anthony Ursino elected President

At an executive committee meeting following the 2021 AGM , new office bearers were elected for the 2021-22 year. Anthony Ursino, proprietor of Macron Music (NSW & VIctoria) was unanimously elected president.

Anthony said; “ I am honoured and privileged to take on the role as president of the AMA. When I joined I wanted to learn more about the industry as a whole and try to help it evolve into the future. I feel like with the team we have now, we can take the AMA into a new era with innovative projects that build on the past efforts of many before me. I look forward to hearing from all the members about how we can better serve them in the future ”.

Warrick Baker, General Manager of Kawai Australia was elected Vice President and Michael Jago of Link Audio was elected Treasurer.

Warrick Baker

Michael Jago