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Amber Technology Seeks Account Manager

Account Manager – Amber Technology Limited

posted 6 December 2017

An exciting new sales role with an ASX listed distributor of premium professional music based products.

  • Dynamic, progressive organisation
  • Reputable and established business with a 30 year history
  • Work as part of an Account Management team with autonomy and flexibility
  • Attractive salary package and benefits

The Role

Your role as Account Manager, Professional MI Products will operate as a member of the Professional Products Sales team, reporting to the National Sales Manager.  Ideally the candidate will be based in Melbourne to cover the VIC, SA and WA markets.  Your position will encompass our professional music product requirements, to enhance our sales and brand offerings to the Australian marketplace.  Responsibilities will include but are not limited to:

  • Account manage the sales of Professional MI and Staging products in specified markets
  • Develop business opportunities for products within your allocated customer group, which will involve tailoring and negotiating deals to suit all parties
  • Effectively manage a customer base and monitor the call cycle and reporting requirements
  • Meet and exceed projected Sales and GP targets for your allocated accounts
  • Assess and explore new market opportunities appropriate to the Professional MI Product Group
  • Attend regular progress meetings with the National Sales Manager and Brand Management team to ensure workflow transparency

Your Background

The ideal candidate will meet the following criteria:

  • Have worked in a distribution company (or similar) previously
  • Technical knowledge and understanding of the products – the ability to demonstrate and operate equipment with the brands is an advantage.
  • Minimum 5 years experience at Account Management level
  • Intermediate Computer Skills – Microsoft Office Suite (Excel, Powerpoint and Outlook)
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to problem solve and multi-task
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent presentation skills, ability to present to both small and large groups of customers

In order to be considered you need to be a dynamic, capable and confident individual with exceptional communication and presentation skills.

The successful candidate will be remunerated with an attractive salary package including and a clearly defined commission scheme. The company has a stable, friendly and dedicated workforce and a management team that will assist your success in this role.  To apply for this role, submit a covering letter and CV to

Barratts Music Celebrates 80 Years in Business

Long time AMA member Mark Barratt and the family has recently celebrated 80 years of the business in Launceston, TAS.

Barratts Music has been in Launceston since 1937 and it is still owned by the same family, who are hopeful it might stay in the family for a fifth generation.

Owner Mark Barratt (pictured) has been the current owner since 1991, In an interview with recently, Mark said there had been “very little” expectation on him to take over the iconic family business.

“My father said, you do what you want to do with your life, the business is there if you want it, if you don’t want it someone else will buy it,” he said.

“I really appreciated that growing up and I did go off and do some other things before I came here.”

The industry is glad he did, and we extend our congratulations in joining an elite club.

Read the full story at

Up The Guts Tour Crew Return Safely

The AMA and its partner charity, Soundhouse Music Alliance helped this fantastic initiative complete its epic journey from Melbourne to Darwin and many points between. AMA Member Casio has also been a foundation supporter of this initiative. This program takes live music into regional and outback areas, and engages communities in workshops too. The UTG’s crew achieved some incredible results in regional communities across Australia, bringing great experiences to places that are extremely isolated and connected with indigenous Australia through a means that so many can relate to. Music.

UTG delivered 18 live shows, with 2,286 attendees and 12 regional workshops attended by 587 school kids, driving 9,388kms from Melbourne – Darwin (and back), filling up in VIC, SA and NT 33 times!

Congrats to all concerned. Check out the highlights video.

Craig Johnston Elected AMA President

Craig Johnston was elected the new AMA president by the association’s executive committee at its meeting on October 31, 2017. He succeeds Roland’s MD Brendan Callinan in the role.

Craig is the owner of Keyboard Corner/KC’s Rock Shop in Boronia, VIC.

Craig’s association with Keyboard Corner started in the early 80’s as a student at its music school. When it was time to participate in his secondary school’s work experience program, Keyboard Corner obliged. Once he completed Year 12 in 1994 he started working at the store on a full time basis. When it was time for then owner Colin Steel to retire Craig purchased the business.

Keyboard Corner’s life started as a small electronic organ store in 1978 by Colin Steel, over the years the business evolved with the times and focused on keyboards, digital pianos and acoustic pianos. In 1993 KC’s Rockshop was established with Heinz Dabernig as a second business at the same premises so the store would have a GMI offering.

In the mid 2000’s a succession plan was hatched between Colin, Heinz and Craig and over 10 years Craig increased his stake in the business until 2016 when he became sole owner and merged the two businesses.

Craig has been a member on the AMA board since 2012 and has previously served as Treasurer and Vice President.

Also elected at the meeting were Vice President, Michael Shade of Yamaha Music and Treasurer, Tony Burn of The Resource Corporation. Jarred Finnigan of Sound Centre WA, was also added to the executive committee as a retail representative at the meeting, adding to those already elected at the AGM. For the full listing of the executive committee for 2017-18 click here

NAMM Show Awarded Greatest Trade Show of 2016

The NAMM Show has been recognised with the coveted “Greatest Trade Show of 2016” and “Do-Gooder” awards at the Gold 100 Awards and Summit, presented by Trade Show Executive magazine. The annual awards serve to recognise excellence in the trade show industry around the world and were presented on September 28 at a gala reception held in Half Moon Bay, California before an audience of trade show industry professionals.

NAMM’s nomination for the “Greatest Trade Show of 2016” was alongside other notable shows such as the National Restaurant Association, Hotel-Motel Show and the International Woodworking Fair. Past recipients of the award include the Consumer Electronics Show, Electronic Entertainment Expo and the Global Pet Expo.

“It is an honor to create the stable, reliable and predictable platform for our members to gather each year, but I believe all the credit for these awards goes to our members who really make it all happen. The support and cooperation of a global industry coming together alongside the small but mighty NAMM staff creates a kind of magic that has to be experienced to be believed,” commented Joe Lamond, NAMM President and CEO. “And with our Circle of Benefits business model, the passion that we all have for music is manifested in our efforts to promote music making and music education all year long.”

In addition to the “Greatest Trade Show” award, the show was also recognised with the “Do-Gooder” award for its deep commitment to local-area music education programs. For the past three years, NAMM members have participated in a “Day of Service” to a local school in Anaheim. Held in correlation with the annual NAMM Show, the service event celebrates the Anaheim Elementary School District’s (AESD) commitment to music education programs and, in collaboration with NAMM Foundation members and school and district officials, helps to further the district’s efforts to provide and enhance music education for all students through monetary donations.


Bernie’s Musicland Celebrates 40th Anniversary

Bernie Capicchiano, owner of Bernie’s Musicland, along with his family and many colleagues celebrated the 40th Anniversary of the iconic Melbourne retailer at a function at the store on October 30, 2017. Over it’s period in business Bernies boasted 8 suburban locations and still is one of Melbourne’s prominent retailers of pianos, organs and keyboards. Bernie also developed the Musico Wholesale company with exclusive rights to the Schimmel Pianos and Johannus and Hammond Organ brands among others. Bernie has also served on the association’s executive committee for many years and was president for two terms during the 2008 – 2014 years.

Bernie with quite an impressive 40th birthday cake



Bernie Capicchiano, with wife Doris, daughters Michelle and Lisa and brother Vince at the party

Barossa Music Centre Closes after nearly 30 years

Peter and Kath Koch, proprietors of Barossa Music Centre have closed the doors for the last time. For nearly 30 years BMC has provided music lessons and the best instruments to the local Barossa Valley community. They have run a significant regional music school which will also close.

Peter and Kath were recognised at the recent Amp Conference for their industry service. The business closing is sad news. “Peter and Kath have always been welcome attendees at numerous industry functions over the years and it is indeed a great loss to the community” said the AMA’s Rob Walker.

Peter and Kath Koch (at left) with Mick Morello and Sandra Lindsay at the recent Amp Conference


Port Mac Guitars instals first PLEK Machine

Port Mac Guitars has installed its first PLEK Machine at the Port Macquarie location. The
unique abilities that the PLEK Machine offers together with their widely acclaimed GEniuS™
Guitar Enhancement System will provide customers an unparalleled guitar experience from early
“We have been working on this project for over 12 months and are extremely excited to
offer this great improvement in quality to our customers as part of our all new GEniuS™
Guitar Enhancement System with PLEK. And just like our original GEniuS™ Guitar
Enhancement System, PLEK will be included free with every eligible new or used guitar
purchased through our store” says CEO and Founder, Rob Mestric. For more information click here  Port Mac Guitars Press Release 051017

Dynamic Music New Ludwig Distributor

Dynamic Music has recently been announced as the new distributor of Ludwig Drums in Australia. Adding to an already impressive line-up in perscussion which includes Dixon, Instanbul Mehmet, Big Bang Distribution range of accessories, Armor bags & Cases, Dream Cymbals, Los Cabos drumsticks and Tycoon percussion, Ludwig adds testimonial to Dynamic’s increasing level of representation in the drum and percussion category.

Mark Trask Percussion Category manager at Dynamic Music said “Adding a prestigious brand like Ludwig to our already extensive catalogue, is an exciting development for us. Ludwig is considered “the most famous name on drums”. From its humble beginnings in Chicago, Illinois in the early 1900’s to its present place at the centre of the drumming world, no other brand has been as influential and singularly pivotal as the famous Ludwig drum company. Ludwig’s relentless innovation became the benchmark changing the world of drumming and later, the face of music in itself. We are delighted to bring the most famous name of drums to the Australian drumming community”.

Make Music Day! Join the worldwide celebration of music on June 21!

The president of the Global Make Music Alliance, Aaron Friedman launched the Make Music Day at the Amp Conference. For those who missed the presentation the pdf can be viewed here.

From there Aaron took a flying visit over the following 10 days, having face-to-face meetings with our executive officer with 30 government and industry organisations.

There was excitement at the prospect of a celebratory day for music on the Australian calendar. This was expressed at state & local government level, by education departments and private providers and industry organisations. Aaron’s trip has given us confidence that the AMA will be the initiator of a significant event promoting music in partnership with, and funding from, the NAMM Foundation.

Music stores and suppliers alike can support and benefit from Make Music Day in many different ways, and we look forward to exploring the possibilities with our members.

Make Music Day is a free celebration of music around the world on June 21st each year. Launched in 1982 in France as the Fête de la Musique, it is now held on the same day in more than 750 cities in 120 countries.

Completely different from a typical music festival, Make Music is open to anyone who wants to take part. Every kind of musician — young and old, amateur and professional of every musical persuasion — pours onto streets, parks, plazas, and porches to share their music with friends, neighbours, and strangers. All of it is free and open to the public.

Last year over 750 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.
It all started 35 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.
Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.

The Association is progressing with its planning and talking to key stakeholders in Australia which include government and other community organisations. Updates can be had by clicking here