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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.

National Retail Sales Up at Christmas

The Australian Bureau of Statistics’ official retail turnover figures for December 2015 growing by four percent year on year – a figure the Australian Retailers Association (ARA) has called incredibly pleasing. This growth backs up a 4.2 percent year on year growth in November 2015, with Christmas gift buying at the heart of the boost […]

Rare Honour for the Music Products Industry

Robert Wilson has been recognised by Her Majesty The Queen, for service to the Music Industry and Charity and appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the New Year 2016 Honours List. Bob has lots of Australian friends and colleagues and we’re pleased to be able to let them know […]

VRAQ Accredits Musical Instrument Making Courses

The Victorian Registration and Qualifications Authority has accredited the Certificate III in Musical Instrument Making and Maintenance and Certificate IV in Musical Instrument Making and Repair courses for a period of 5 years and they will be available for training as at January 1, 2016. The official notification can be viewed here Offical Notification of […]

Yamaha Music Australia to Distribute Line 6

Yamaha’s General Manager of Music Prooducts, Mark Amory has announced that from 1 February 2016, Yamaha will commence distribution of Line 6 in Australia. The portfolio of products includes POD, Variax guitars, Spider Amps, Relay wireless and most recently the acclaimed Helix guitar processeor. Mark said; “the Line 6 brand forms a perfect complement to […]

Give a Music Gift This Christmas

Australian Musician has you covered for some great Christmas gift ideas this year. Visit your local music retailer to get the best advice on buying an instrument for a family member. it can be hard buying something you may not know about for the first time. Our stores have specialists to guide you through the […]

US Legislates Music as a Core Subject

US President Obama has signed into law the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), effectively reauthorizing ESEA and thus creating a framework to increase access to music and arts education for every student. Specifically, the law provides that music and arts education be included as part of a well-rounded education, an unprecedented step and shift in […]

Fraudulent Activity Reported by Retailers

As we alerted the industry last week, there has been a spate in reports of fraudulent activity affecting local retailers online. Following last week’s alert, we have had further reports that multiple retailers have received multiple attempts to purchase Yamaha brass and woodwind (saxophones) on their websites, using stolen AMEX card information. At least three […]

Brendan Callinan Elected AMA President

The association is pleased to announce that the MD of Roland, Brendan Callinan was elected AMA president following the Annual General Meeting on November 25, 2015. BC comes to this position with considerable experience as a past-president, and long-time committee member. He has worked at Roland for 25 years, and first served on the committee […]

VALE ANTHONY ROBERT CHISHOLM

On the morning of Thursday October 29, 2015, Anthony Robert Chisholm, father of Rick Chisholm – CEO of Lightsounds and LSW Imports and Distribution – passed away at the age of 92 after a battle with a rare skin cancer known as Merkel Cell Carcinoma.  Nita Chisholm, Rick’s mother, also passed away just 3 months […]

AMA re-appoints Rob Walker as CEO

The AMA executive committee appointed Rob Walker to continue the work that commenced in 2013 for a further two years. AMA president Tony Burn said “This appointment was based on key KPI’s being achieved in Rob’s first two years. In Rob’s time as CEO he has organised two successful AMAC’s, executed the highly popular Melbourne […]