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Roland Veteran Departs

After a career spanning 30 years, Mark Van der Sluis is departing Roland. MD, Nick Middleton’s announcement to dealers this week follows. The AMA’s Rob Walker said that along with the executive committee we send our best wishes. Sluis has been at AMA events since I can remember he added. Always with a great attitude on board. He will be missed no doubt.

It is with regret and sadness to announce that Mark van der Sluis has tendered his resignation, effective Friday 12th July.

‘Sluis’, as he is affectionately known, has been with Roland for close to 30 years, and spent the last 17 years at Roland Australia. During this time he has made a significant contribution to Roland digital piano sales and has had regular input into the global piano R&D team. He has made hundreds of dealer calls, done countless training sessions, produced dozens of videos and navigated numerous events, including product launches. Most importantly, thanks to his charismatic personality, he has made many, many friends along the way. He will be sorely missed by everyone at both Roland Australia and Roland internationally, and we are sure you will have the same sentiment.

Whilst it will be extremely difficult to replace Sluis, we will start the recruitment process for a new Piano Product Manager soon. In the meantime, please use the following contacts for all piano enquiries;

Product and Training:
Mark Watson
0410 635 881

Sales and Orders:
02 9982 8266

Dave Whitehead
02 9982 8266

GH Music Acquired by Macron Music

As of June 1, 2019, the owners of Macron Music will take control of the GH Music store and website, to further grow Macron Music as an Australian leader in musical instrument sales.

Located just outside Melbourne’s CBD, GH Music is an iconic Australian Music Shop that has a history starting all the way back in 1962 – when Billy Hyde created the beginning of his Music Store empire throughout Australia.

After selling the Billy Hyde name and business to investors in 2007, Garry couldn’t resist the opportunity to re-open this iconic music shop location in Flemington under his own name and continue the legacy his father left on the very same site.

Anthony Ursino of Macron Music has a systematic and cut-throat paced presence and his success with the online market here in Australia left Garry knowing his business was in good hands and ready to tackle the new generation of retail methodology.

This expansion gives customers around Australia more of what they love, organised in a way that saves time and frustration. Highly organised logistics are being setup so customers around Australia can have their experience streamlined, with more buying choice and more expertise across the massive range of instruments for every style and sized player.

Both Macron and GH Music will continue to trade as usual from their locations in NSW and VIC. “We are vastly expanding our range over the coming weeks and months, so we would love to see you and show you how we can be a part of your musical journey’. said Anthony Ursino

Garry Hyde & Anthony Ursino seal the deal

Steve Lincoln Smith Inducted onto AMA Honour Roll

The AMA on May 29, 2019 awarded Steve Lincoln Smith with induction onto the Industry Honour Roll for his outstanding service over 43 years in the industry. Steve was presented with his award by AMA President Craig Johnston, in the company of long-time colleague and AMA Vice President Michael Shade of Yamaha Music.

In his presentation speech, Craig said recipients could be musical products industry leaders, musicians who have made a significant contribution to the development of young musicians, international figures who have made a considerable difference to the Australian industry – and those that have made a significant contribution to the association.

Notable names in the history of our industry are on the Honour Roll. Names such as Geoff Brash, Glenn Dodson, Margaret O’Loughlin, Norm Lurie, John Morris Snr, Peter Hayward, John Egan, Frank & Tony Lamberti, Neville Chambers, Ross Cole, Bill May, Alan Rose and John Payton Snr. It is a culmination of over 40 years of these careers that has given us the industry we have today.

The good reputation of Australian music business people internationally has seen life-long relationships flourish and enable all the world’s finest musical instruments to be available in Australia.

Tonight we gather to pay tribute to another recently retired stalwart of our industry, Steve Lincoln-Smith.

Steve commenced employment in the music products industry at aged 17, retiring at 60 yoa. Over those 43 years he worked for Rose Music, Yamaha Australia, Yamaha Japan, Innovative Music, in Retail, Wholesale, as Importer, Sub-contractor, performed as Product Demonstrator, Product Specialist, International, Domestic, NAMM presenter, Session Musician, Producer, Music Director, Performer, Touring Artist, Jingle Writer, Husband, Father, Grand Father.

Craig Johnston, Steve Lincoln Smith and Michael Shade



Steve Lincoln Smith Accepting his Award











For further information see THIS LINK

2018 Market Report Released to Members – Market show 5% Uptick in Value Against 2017

AMA 2018 Market Report Released to Members sees 5% Value Increase over 2017
2018 saw an uplift in the overall music products market with a 5% value increase over 2017, while it dipped nearly 8% in volume. With the currency hovering around 70cents against the US dollar a continuing rise in value has been maintained. An Import value of $296m was the highest total recorded in dollar terms, but one of the lowest totals in respect of volume in some time falling 15% when comparing the nearly 2million units that were imported in 2016.

The full market summary for 2018 can be read AT THIS LINK

18th CITES Meeting of the Parties Postponed

The CITES 18th Meeting of the Parties Scheduled for May 28 – June3 in Colombo, Sri Lanka has been postponed to a date to be confirmed, possibly October, following the attacks last month in Sri Lanka.

The CITES secretariat said in a statement, “This decision has been taken out of respect for the victims of the recent attacks and the recognition by the Standing Committee, the Secretariat and the United Nations Department of Safety and Security of the time needed for the Government of Sri Lanka to address the current situation in the country”.

Melbourne Guitar Show Back in 2019 Bigger than ever

Guitar fans and afficienados are looking forward to August 3 & 4 at Caulfield Racecourse as the annual Melbourne Guitar Show sets to display and present all that’s new in guitars and guitar gear. The cream of Australia’s talent will again be on show too. All details will be announced in May.

Stand space has all but sold out according to the AMA’s CEO and show organiser, Rob Walker. “we think we got it right last year with the new layout and show rules around noise levels- we’re looking for more of the same in 2019, with happy exhibitors and punters” he said

Check out the highlights of 2018 to give you a glimpse of what is the follow this year

Vale Don Morrison

A Tribute to
18TH October 1952 to 21st April 2019

It is with sad hearts today, that we inform you of the peaceful passing of Don Morrisson, in the Wesley Hospital Brisbane at 6.40am on Easter Sunday.
Our deepest and heartfelt sympathy go out to Dons wife Anna, his son Jimmie, daughter Katie, son in-law Chris and his much-loved grandchildren Sofia and Oliver.
Don was an integral and Iconic member of our Music Industry and he will be deeply missed by all that knew and loved him. He always brought a smile to the face of everyone who came across him.
Don first started work as a Queensland Area Manager with Electric Factory nearly 31 years ago and remained in that role with them for 17 years. Don moved and continued this role with National Music for 4.5 years before ending his career at Musical Merchandisers, after 9 years, at the end of February this year. Don would often say he couldn’t believe he started his career selling Washburn guitars and ended it selling Washburn guitars.
It has been a wonderful journey for Don in the industry, he was known by so many people, he loved the retailers he would visit, and built so many long lasting and treasured friendships. Don loved a good story, a chat and many coffees.
Don was the recipient of many awards including being honoured as a Great Australian at The Great Australian Gala Dinner in Melbourne in 2016.
As many of you will be aware Don was also a wonderful author who wrote and published several books. Dons life was a wonderful book, in its self, cramming so much into his 66 years.
Don toured Vietnam during the War as a performer (Drummer) in bands and continued to play professionally up until a couple of years ago. He loved drumming and performing and made so many lifelong friends doing what he loved.
You’ve been an inspiration to so many. You will never be forgotten.

Memorial Service details are provided as follows;

Tuesday 30th April at 9.30 am
Lakeview Chapel at Albany Creek Crematorium , 400 Albany Creek Road , Bridgeman Downs

2019 Make Music Day Launches with Calls for Participation

As previously announced the AMA is proud to partner with APRA AMCOS and the Live Music Office to present Make Music Day this year. After a successful pilot in 2018  we have joined forces with the Live Music Office and APRA AMCOS to grow the event to a national one. See the full releases again HERE. We are calling for people to take part – businesses and individuals – create an event or provide the means to hold one in your community. It is a great opportunity for retailers to support the community with the means to make music. Support a school or community group to come into store to perform – set up the car park with a stage, offer some Free introductory music lessons.

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st. 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 totake part. Make Music Day seeks the involvement of government bodies, local councils, music stores, schools and community music organisations, music stores and industry, and importantly, the general community. It is a day of community-led free musical expression

Register your event HERE or get full details HERE

Download your Make Music Day Australia GUIDE HERE

Industry News

Australis Music on the Road with Big Guitar Brands

Australis made a visit to Melbourne last week, as part of its national dealer tour, and put on a pretty impressive display of guitars across its premium brands. CEO, Trevor Morrow said the visit was all about connecting with dealers after a successful NAMM show for guitar brands, Gibson, Epiphone and Ibanez particularly.

Allans Music Bourke Street Closes
The industry changes at the end of February with the closure of the last Allans Music store at 152 Bourke Street Melbourne. Since 1858 there has been an Allans Music store in Melbourne. However, over the last 20 years it has had an interesting commercial history.
It has been a nursery for many senior industry figures in sales and distribution of musical instruments in Australia and overseas, with many of the top executives and business owners having learned their chops at an Allans (or Brashs) store.
As read on social media ‘ 75% of my Facebook friends I met working at that store’

Punters queue at one of the many instore appearance made over the years








Link Audio Receives Award at the NAMM Show
At the PreSonus International Sales Meeting at NAMM, Link Audio was presented with the PreSonus 2018 APAC Distributor of the Year award. With Michael Jago in the photo is Laz Harris who is the APAC sales Manager for PreSonus, based in Cebu in the Philippines.









Amber Technology will be distributing Apogee & other products from the Sound Distribution’s catalogue from March 1. Michael Horn after over 30 years in the industry is moving to other pursuits, and we wish him will.
Dealer enquiries can go to Tony McDowell –

Cranbourne Music Celebrates 30 Years
Way back in 1989, a small shop in the country town of Cranbourne! This year Cranbourne Music celebrates 30 years! They’re telling customers and friends to ‘Brace yourself for a year of photo flashbacks, hypercolour t-shirts, bad woolen and some not woolen jumpers, Michaels beard and lots of great people we met along the way!’








Sony and the Resource Corporation.

Following the success of their distribution of Sony MDR headphones and DWZ wireless systems The Resource Corporation have become exclusive distributors for the Sony Hi Resolution Microphone series.

High-Resolution Audio enables the listener to experience these sounds in the same way that they are heard in the environment of the recorded sound, with all of the overtones and harmonic content that we sense, feel and hear.

There are 3 microphones in the range:

C100 – side address
ECM100N – End address OMNI
ECM100U – End address Cardioid

National Sales Manager Tony Burn said “ High resolution audio will improve the experience for artists and listeners alike. These mics sound amazing and in reviews are often compared to microphones at twice the price.”