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Welcome to the Australian Music Association

Australian Music Association is the industry body for the music products sector – wholesalers, manufacturers, retailers and associated services for musical instruments, pro audio, print music, lighting and computer music.

GST on low-value imported parcels soon to be reality says Federal Government

After years of continuous lobbying by our industry and small-business groups, the federal government has given the most positive sign yet that Australian retailers will be treated fairly when it comes to competing on a level playing field with overseas online sellers. State treasurers will be asked to subject almost all imported parcels to goods […]

NAMM Elects New Chairman and Executive Committee

Incoming NAMM Chairman, Mark Goff honoured the outgoing Chairman, Larry Morton who stepped down after his two-year tenure at NAMM’s AGM at the Summer Show in Nashville. Larry was a popular visitor last year when he was our special guest at the AMAC Convention. The Association extends its congratulations to Mark, as well as new […]

AMA Receives 2015-16 Grant from The NAMM Foundation

The AMA has just received news that its application for program funding has been approved by the NAMM Foundation. The Association’s involvement in Musical Futures commenced in 2009 with funding support from NAMM Foundation. It has grown to where over 600 teachers, many non specialist, have been trained to deliver a class room music program […]

Veteran AMA Retailer Celebrates Being in the Same Band for 50 Years

I wonder how many musicians worldwide can claim that they’ve played in the same band continuously for fifty years? Local music product industry identity Owen Ray is one that can lay claim to such an honour with his band The Countdowns. Fifty years ago, as a young Toowoomba teenager, Owen formed a band with a bunch […]

Auckland-based music website trader guilty of fraud, ordered to pay $91K

In a time when traditional music retailers increasingly compete with the tempting offers available online, particularly from international sites, the warnings are consistently issued from time-to-time about the risks to the consumer. We have a whole section on Buying Safely Online in this website. A stark reminder of the risks is the recent sentencing hearing […]

Cole Clark Guitars and D’Addario Strings Announce Exclusive Partnership

Cole Clark Guitars & D’Addario Australia are pleased to announce that from June 1st 2015 all Cole Clark guitars will be factory fitted with D’Addario’s new NY Steel Coated guitar strings. For more information see the Press Release here Cole Clark – Press Release – May 29th 2015 You can see both Cole Clark and D’Addario […]

GST on Digital Imports But Still Not Physical Goods

Call to the Federal Government The additional assistance to small business is no doubt welcome. An immediate deduction on capital equipment purchases for business under $2m – Great! However in the Treasurer’s Budget Speech words or thereabouts, ‘Australian small business do not play on level field – paying higher rents, wages,’ etc than overseas businesses […]

Victorian State Budget Delivers Commitment to Music Education and Musical Futures

It is officially part of the state budget papers – the AMA’s long-time partner organisation Musical Futures Australia will be the recipient of funding to introduce the Musical Futures program into state and low fee independent schools and provide teacher training and professional development in music education. There will also be assistance to purchase musical instruments. The […]

Big Changes at Alfred Australia

Alfred Australia and Alfred USA have entered into new partnership that sees ownership of the company transfer to be wholly Australian owned.  “Alfred Australia is excited to work with all of our customers in this new phase that both Alfred Australia and Alfred USA feel best suits the contemporary global market place”. said Tania Afos Rees, […]

Vale Gary Nessel

The association was sad to hear of the recent passing of Australian industry pioneer, Gary Nessel, aged 68. Many members of the association had close ties with Gary, particularly through his iconic amplifier brand, Strauss. There is a beautiful tribute to his role in the music products industry written by his colleague and friend, ACETA Chairman, […]