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Maryborough Music Conference 2017

The biennial Maryborough Music Conference, run by Queensland’s Department of Education and Training will next occur from the 5-9 July 2017 where again over 900 delegates are expected.

This conference is the premier music education event in Australia and this year welcomes the most eminent and extensive faculty so far including:

·        Ryan Nowlin – Assistant Director of the United States Marine Band “The President’s Own” and eminent and prolific composer and arranger

·        Brian Balmages award-winning composer, conductor, producer, and performer and Director of Instrumental Publications for The FJH Music Company Inc. in Fort Lauderdale, Florida

·        Rodney T Whitaker – Internationally renowned bassist and Mack Avenue recording artist, currently the Professor of Jazz Bass and Director of Jazz Studies at Michigan State University and a member of Jazz at the Lincoln Centre Orchestra.

·        The entire 50 piece Royal Australian Navy Band (Sydney) under the baton of Lieutenant Brian O’Kane as Ensemble In Residence

These will be joined by numerous other clinicians from the USA, UK and Australia.

Further Information including registration is available on the website.

Vale Steve Legg

STEPHEN JOHN LEGG

Yamaha Music Australia has advised today that “It is with a tremendous amount of sadness that we announce the passing of Steve Legg last Sunday night April 9th, after a cancer diagnosis less than a year ago. Steve spent the last 10 years of his working life with YMA, continued to play professionally, and was well liked by all staff and the dealer network. We at Yamaha, feel a real sense of loss and struggle to find the right words to express”. Steve was only 45.

Steve was a valued member of the association’s executive committee, representing Yamaha Music, for all too short a time, joining us in 2015, not long before his battle began. All industries need their future leaders, and in this case, we lost a good one far too early. He displayed keen insight and an understanding of the industry and it’s needs. Importantly he encouraged and assisted the AMA in its efforts to promote music retailers in his short time on the committee. This work continues.

On behalf of the industry, we express our condolences to Steve’s wife Felicity and his two children, his friends and his fellow musicians.

His industry colleagues, like us, are somewhat stunned by Steve’s passing and the sadness felt by so many can be encapsulated in the following tribute from Chris Davis at DW Music, sent to the Yamaha Music staff.

“May I express my sincere condolences and deepest sympathy on the untimely passing of Steve Legg, sad news indeed and I know these thoughts are shared by all our staff who knew him and benefited from his quietly spoken, straightforward and helpful nature.

A most unfortunate loss of an esteemed colleague, an invaluable member of the Yamaha staff and a respected and knowledgeable member of the music industry, who was a fine musician in his own right.

Steve was always an insightful and thoughtful person to share a problem with, to whom we often outlined challenges we faced.  He was always empathetic, with a sincerity and sensitivity, which might not always have provided the immediate solution, but gave some vital comfort that the issue was understood and appreciated.

His untimely passing is a great tragedy and must surely present a gaping hole in the lives of his children and his widow. A rather poignant reminder of the delicate thread, by which life hangs and how we must all cherish our time.

Our thoughts are with you all at this sad time.”

Funeral notices have been posted today (Thursday 13th April) for 11am Wednesday 26th April funeral being held in Macedon Victoria. All are welcome to attend.

AMA Public Events Gear Up in 2017

The AMA has at the spearhead of its efforts in promoting music making, two major events this year, both of which have proved very popular with members.

The inaugural Sydney Drum and Percussion Show to be held at Rosehill Gardens from May 27 – 28 has sold out all it’s floorspace to a combination of retail and wholesale businesses. You can see the latest exhibitor list here.

The show has attracted some big international names with Thomas Lang and Virgil Donati playing together for the first time, sponsored by DW Drums and D’Addario Australia. Michael Schack from Belgium will also be there, compliments of Roland Corporation. These guys are joined by some Aussie guns in Lucius Borich, Lozz Benson, Pete Drummond and many more. Check them all out here.

Likewise the Melbourne Guitar Show floorspace was taken up in quick time this year, with only a handful of stands still available, before an extension to the show must be considered. We have some exciting news to follow with some big names to be announced in the coming weeks.

AMA executive and organiser of the shows, Rob Walker said “we are very excited about our events in 2017. To sell out all stands in the Sydney Drum and Percussion Show is a great result, and we will be presented some of the best talent in the world”. It shapes to be a huge weekend. Likewise the Melbourne Guitar Show continues to grow, and we look forward to increased interest in guitar products and the stimulus it provides our market”.

FIRST SPEAKERS Announced for 2017 AMP Conference

 

The conference event committee met for the first time last week and confirmed the first group of speakers and activities at the inaugural AMP Conference to be held at Seaworld on the Gold Coast, September 3 – 5.

We are very pleased to announce a partnership with NAMM, whereby we will present the very popular Alan Friedman and the NAMM Boot Camp. Focused on inventory management, and profitability, these sessions have been standing room only at the NAMM Show in recent years filling an Anaheim Ballroom with retailers eager for mentoring in these times. Some will remember Alan’s significant contribution at AMAC 2014, and the valuable take-aways provided by our last NAMM Boot Camp. This is a must be at session for retailers (and suppliers) wanting to do their best at being profitable. See Alan Friedman Biog here.

We are also excited to announce our first Keynote speaker, Mr Craig Scroggie. Craig will be known to many in the industry, firstly during his time with Brashs and Yamaha, secondly by his membership of Australia’s leading celtic band ‘Claymore’ and thirdly, in his role as Chief Executive Officer and Executive Director of NEXTDC, Australia’s leading Data-Centre-as-a-Service provider. He has substantial leadership experience within the IT and telecommunications industries, having held senior positions with Symantec, Veritas Software, Computer Associates, EMC Corporation and Fujitsu. Prior to joining NEXTDC, Mr Scroggie was Symantec’s Vice President & Managing Director in the Pacific, the company’s fastest growing region.

A music products man, in a significant leadership role in the vital technological world of cloud storage and hosting. A dynamic speaker, Craig will kick the conference off, with a session about the role technology will play in our futures. We are grateful to him for contributing his time, vision and expertise to the industry. His full biography can be viewed here Craig Scroggie Bio NEXTDC

As 2017 is the AMA’s 40th Anniversary, we are pleased to announce that NAMM is also sponsoring the conference attendance of its Historian, Dan DelFloretino, who will be in attendance to conduct interviews with prominent members of the Australian industry for the NAMM Oral History project. We’ll be contacting industry veterans over the coming weeks to organise these sessions – a unique opportunity to document the development of the industry in Australia over the last 4 years and honour those who have contributed so much.

AMA president, Brendan Callinan said, “our research has shown clearly that the industry will value an opportunity for professional development and relationship building and business”. The AMP Conference will bring together retailers and wholesalers in an environment of business and fellowship, providing time blocks for meetings and product presentations”.

We are also pleased to announce our first Event Sponsor in Aon. A valued partner of the AMA for many years, it is indeed pleasing to receive the support of Simon Calabrese and his team.

Registration information and more speakers and sessions will be available in the next couple of weeks. Accommodation packages are available at Seaworld or at other apartment style Accom  in nearby Southport. Family and exhibitor discount packages are also available for delegates to the Seaworld Resort activities.

Enquiries can be directed to info@australianmusic.asn.au or by phone (03) 9254-1019.

 

 

Vale Ikutaro Kakehashi 1930 – 2017 Roland Founder Passes Away

Roland founder and electronic music pioneer Ikutaro Kakehashi died on April 1, 2017. at the age of 87. Mr Kakehashi was an engineer, an entrepreneur, and the founder of Ace Tone, Roland Corporation and ATV Corporation, Japanese manufacturers of electronic musical instruments. He was known for his role in the development of Ace Tone and Roland drum machines including the iconic TR-808. The official press release can be read here. Mr Kakehashi Passes Away-ATV Press_Release

Mr Kakehashi loved Australia, and had many life-long friends here. Australia in some measure helped launch his products, through the foresight of Geoff Brash, John Egan and others. Roland Corporation Australia, established in 1976, was the first in a network of 50/50, joint venture global distributors, another example of his unique approach to business at that time. Current Roland Australia Managing Director, Mr Brendan Callinan, remembers him as “a large presence, who constantly impressed with his ability to boil down complex ideas and concepts into simple, yet incisive statements. He was that rare combination of someone who was driven and focused, but at the same time warm, charismatic and personable”.

Ikutaro Kakehashi was a self-taught engineer, entrepreneur and writer. Under his leadership, Roland introduced many of the most iconic products in electronic music, including the System 700  modular synthesizer; TB-303 bassline synthesizer; TR-808 and TR-909 drum machines; and Jupiter-8 & D-50 synthesizers.

Mr and Mrs Kakehashi with the Grammy

Kakehashi, along with Dave Smith, was presented with a Technical GRAMMY in 2013 for contributions to the development of MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface) technology. Dave Smith – Kakehashi’s co-winner – told the BBC he “was just an amazing man, a good friend, a very good competitor of course and just innovative continually all that time”.

 

In more recent years, Mr Kakehashi remained active, founding a new company, ATV Corporation, dedicated to creating expressive electronic instruments, including the aFrame electronic percussion instrument. Former Managing director of Roland Australia, and more recently ATV Australia, Glenn Dodson said, “I feel such a deep loss after so many years of association and friendship with Taro. He touched and influenced so many people’s lives during his lifetime, myself included. A man who had a unique vision for the future of electronic musical instruments and an unwavering philosophy towards business. Always funny and quick-witted. His dream lives on with his “new baby”, ATV Corporation. My thoughts are with his family”.

He led an extraordinary life, his home-spun approach to spreading his message about music and music products, led to amazing product developments. He always valued highly the input of musicians in product development and he honoured them and in return was a second Father to some according to the grief expressed by some at his passing.

On behalf of the industry we salute his life and contribution to the music products industry, and we send our condolences to his wife of 66 years, Masaka, and three children.

The electronic music world has begun paying tribute to the great Ikutaro Kakehashi. There is a particularly detailed history of Mr Kakahashi’s times written by Brian Majeski, Editor of the US Music Trades magazine – we have, with permission reproduced it this most interesting read. Music Trades Obituary Mr Kakehashi

We also searched the Australian Musician archives and found this 2001 interview with Mr K in Melbourne at the time of Roland’s 25th Anniversary. Australian Musician Interview with Rob Walker and Mr Kakehashi 2001.

Sydney Drum & Percussion Show Announces Drawcards

Stand space has near sold out in the inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show to be held at Rosehill Gardens, on May 27 – 28, with only a few spaces remaining, and these are sure to be snapped up in the coming days and weeks.

We are excited to announce some of the artists that are appearing at our inaugural show. We will welcome internationals in Thomas Lang and Michael Schack, our own international, Virgil Donati and local guns, Lucius Borich, Lozz Benson, Stan Bicknell and Gang of Brothers. There are more on the way too. We are proud to present world-class percussion stars in Taikoz and Synergy Percussion, the local Dynasty Drum Line, Cajon ensembles, Associate Principal Timpanist and Percussionist Opera Australia Orchestra, Allans Watson and a percussion ensemble from the Sydney Conservatorium. Workshops on Drumming for Health and Well being through to student performances, drum circles, Drumlines and more. A huge first up commitment from the exhibitors and the committee, who have worked hard to ensure our first show will be a beauty. Tickets on sale April 5.

For all the updates go to the website

2017 AMA Office Bearers Elected

The AMA has announced the election of its office bearers through to the next AGM likely to be held at the AMP Conference in September. Roland’s Brendan Callinan was re-elected unopposed as president, in what he announced would be his final term. Craig Johnston of Keyboard Corner/KC’s Rock Shop, was elected Vice-president. Craig in the process relinquished the Treasurer’s job to Tony Burn. The committee has a big year in 2017, and various sub committees were appointed. Both Michael Shade (Yamaha Music) and Mark Amory (Fender) joined the committee as re-nominated representatives of their respective companies.

Find out about the executive committee.

New Industry Advisory RE: The Rosewood Trade

The Department of Environment and Energy has released further information regarding the trade of rosewood across borders. A significant addition to the last Industry Advisory has been made.

Trade with India, Indonesia and Lao

India and Indonesia have taken out reservations to the listing of Dalbergia species on CITES. This means that those countries are treated as not being Parties to CITES for the purposes of trade in those species.  This does not necessarily mean that India and Indonesia cannot trade in rosewood, but in order to trade with signatories to CITES (including Australia) they must provide documentation that is comparable to that required by CITES.

The Australian Department of Environment and Energy is currently assessing whether India and Indonesia will be able to provide alternative documentation that will meet Australia’s requirements and allow trade to resume. Until such documentation is agreed, no trade in Dalbergia specimens can occur between Australia and India or Indonesia.  If you are seeking to import or export rosewood from India or Indonesia, please contact the Department for further information on (02) 6274 1900.  

Indonesia has indicated that it will withdraw its reservation on 4th July 2017. 

A full list of Reservations is available on the CITES website:

The full Industry Advisory Follows.

Industry Advisory on New Rosewood Trade Regulations

A number of species of timber commonly referred to as rosewoods have recently been included on Appendix II of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES).  The Appendix II listing took effect on 2 January 2017. Imports and exports of items containing rosewood now require CITES documentation. The listing is intended to regulate international trade to ensure that ongoing trade can continue, but only in a sustainable manner. Countries harvesting and exporting rosewood are required to demonstrate that international trade is sustainable.

The Australian Government Department of the Environment and Energy implements CITES requirements under national environment law (the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999). 

Overview of the species listing

The listing, which includes Indian rosewoods (Dalbergia latifolia and Dalbergia sissoo), applies to both raw timber and finished products, with the exception of:

a) Leaves, flowers, pollen, fruits, and seeds, 

b) Non-commercial exports of a maximum total weight of 10 kg per shipment, 

c) Parts and derivatives of Dalbergia cochinchinensis, which are covered by Annotation # 41, and 

d) Parts and derivatives of Dalbergia spp. originating and exported from Mexico, which are covered by Annotation # 6.2

Trade with India, Indonesia and Lao

India and Indonesia have taken out reservations to the listing of Dalbergia species on CITES. This means that those countries are treated as not being Parties to CITES for the purposes of trade in those species. 

This does not necessarily mean that India and Indonesia cannot trade in rosewood, but in order to trade with signatories to CITES (including Australia) they must provide documentation that is comparable to that required by CITES.

The Australian Department of Environment and Energy is currently assessing whether India and Indonesia will be able to provide alternative documentation that will meet Australia’s requirements and allow trade to resume.     

Until such documentation is agreed, no trade in Dalbergia specimens can occur between Australia and India or Indonesia.  If you are seeking to import or export rosewood from India or Indonesia, please contact the Department for further information on (02) 6274 1900.  

Indonesia has indicated that it will withdraw its reservation on 4th July 2017. 

A full list of Reservations is available on the CITES website:

Note that a suspension of commercial trade in specimens of the species Dalbergia cochinchinensis (except finished products, including carvings and furniture) from the Lao People’s Democratic Republic has been implemented. This species has been listed since 2013 and the trade suspension has been in place since September 2016. Full details are at: https://cites.org/sites/default/files/notif/E-Notif-2017012.pdf.                                          

 1 Annotation 4: All parts and derivatives, except: a) seeds (including seedpods of Orchidaceae), spores and pollen (including pollinia). The exemption does not apply to seeds from Cactaceae spp. exported from Mexico, and to seeds from Beccariophoenix madagascariensis and Dypsis decaryi exported from Madagascar; b) seedling or tissue cultures obtained in vitro, in solid or liquid media, transported in sterile containers; c)cut flowers of artificially propagated plants; d) fruits, and parts and derivatives thereof, of naturalized or artificially propagated plants of the genus Vanilla (Orchidaceae) and of the family Cactaceae; e)stems, flowers, and parts and derivatives thereof, of naturalized or artificially propagated plants of the genera Opuntia subgenus Opuntia and Selenicereus (Cactaceae); and f) finished products of Euphorbia antisyphilitica packaged and ready for retail trade. 2 Annotation 6: Logs, sawn wood, veneer sheets and plywood.

Permitting requirements

Re-exporting rosewood harvested before 2 January 2017

If you are re-exporting from existing stocks of rosewood that was harvested before the listing date (2 January 2017), you must obtain a CITES pre-Convention certificate from the Australian CITES Management Authority (the Department of the Environment and Energy). 

Pre-Convention certificates certify that the item was obtained before the CITES listing took effect. They are issued free of charge, and are valid for a period of 6 months. 

You are encouraged to contact the CITES Management Authority of the importing country to find out if there are any import requirements for pre-Convention items. Contact details for overseas CITES Management Authorities are available here: https://cites.org/eng/cms/index.php/component/cp .

To obtain an Australian CITES pre-Convention certificate you will need to demonstrate the specimen is not an Australian native species, and that the specimen was obtained legally before 2 January 2017, (the date of listing on CITES). 

Examples of how to demonstrate the origin and legal source of the specimen:

        Receipt of purchase stating the date of purchase and the country of origin 

       A record of the shipment or transit of the item into Australia 

       A Statutory Declaration and supporting information detailing how the item was acquired

Examples of how to demonstrate a specimen is a pre-Convention specimen:

        An independent age assessment of the item demonstrating it was obtained prior to 2 January 2017.

       A Statutory Declaration with relevant supporting information demonstrating the specimen was obtained prior to 2 January 2017.

You will also need to provide a unique identifier that allows the specimen to be directly tracked to the certificate provided, for instance a serial number. 

Re-exporting rosewood harvested after 2 January 2017

If you are re-exporting rosewood that was harvested after the listing date (2 January 2017), you must obtain an Australian CITES re-export permit from the Australian CITES Management Authority (the Department of the Environment and Energy). These are valid for a period of 6 months, and are issued at a charge of $65 for a single use permit, or $163 for a multiple use permit – a single use allows one shipment per permit, whereas a multiple use allows multiple shipments under the one permit, provided they occur within the 6 month validity period and do not exceed the total number of specimens outlined on the multiple use permit. You are encouraged to contact the CITES Management Authority of the importing country to find out what import requirements they may have.   

To obtain an Australian CITES re-export permit, you need to demonstrate the specimen was legally (re) exported from the last country of export and imported into Australia. Documentation required includes:

        The CITES (re) export permit the country of last (re) export 

       The Australian CITES import permit

Please note that acquittal paperwork for the import of the specimen must be completed and returned to the Department before a re-export permit can be granted. 

Importing rosewood

If you are importing from existing stocks of rosewood harvested before the listing date (2 January 2017), you will require a CITES pre-Convention certificate from the exporting country (noting that reservations have been taken out by India and Indonesia). This certificate will need to travel with the shipment. You do not need any documentation from Australia to import pre-Convention items. You are encouraged to provide a copy of the overseas pre-Convention certificate to the Department via email to confirm the pre-Convention certificate meets Australia’s requirements (as each CITES Party issues pre-Convention certificates differently). 

If you are importing rosewood harvested after the listing date (2 January 2017), you will require a CITES (re) export permit from the exporting country and an Australian CITES import permit. These are valid for 6 months and can be issued for a single use import or for multiple shipments. Both permits must be issued prior to the shipment occurring, and be valid until the shipment has taken place. 

Contact the Wildlife Trade Permits team on (02) 6274 1900 (option 3) or at wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au for more information on CITES permits.

FAQ

Which species of rosewood are listed under CITES? 

• All species of the Dalbergia genus are listed under Appendix II to CITES except Dalbergia nigra (Brazilian rosewood) which is listed on Appendix I to CITES

• Pterocarpus erinaceus 

• Guibourtia demeusei, Guibourtia pellegriniana, Guibourtia tessmannii (collectively referred to as African rosewood, Akume or Bubinga)

What does this mean?

International imports and exports of items or products containing any of these listed rosewood species must be accompanied by relevant CITES documentation (or comparable documentation from India and Indonesia). 

Species listed on Appendix II of CITES may be traded internationally, provided the trade has been determined not to be detrimental to the survival of the species in the wild. Once deemed sustainable, trade is generally regulated through permits that authorise the import or export of the item containing the CITES listed species. 

Imports and exports of most items containing rosewood will require CITES documentation, including items/products obtained before 2 January 2017 (the date of listing).

CITES documentation is generally not required for non-commercial imports and exports of personal items of up to 10 kg per shipment containing either Dalbergia or any of the three listed Guibourtia species.

How do I apply for a CITES permit or pre-Convention Certificate

Apply online at: https://forms.business.gov.au/smartforms/servlet/SmartForm.pdf?formCode=WTPH

How much does a CITES permit cost? 

A single use CITES permit (for one single export or import) costs $65. 

A CITES multiple consignment authority (which allows multiple shipments within a six month period) costs $163. 

A pre-Convention CITES certificate, which is required to certify that the item was obtained before the listing came into effect, is free. 

How long does it take to issue a CITES permit?

Under Australian law, a CITES permit application must be assessed within 40 business days of all relevant information being received from the applicant. However we seek to process all applications as quickly as possible. We are working closely with all traders who have been impacted by the recent listing of new species under CITES to minimize business disruption. 

Why has the listing occurred?

The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) is an international agreement that aims to ensure that international trade in wild plants and animals does not threaten species’ survival in the wild. Rosewood has been listed on Appendix II to CITES because of the threat of uncontrolled trade on the survival of these species.

How can I find out more?

More information on how to obtain a CITES permit is available from the Department of the Environment and Energy at http://www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/wildlife-trade or:

The Director | Wildlife Trade Regulation  | Department of the Environment and Energy

GPO Box 787  Canberra ACT 2601

Telephone: (02) 6274 1900

Facsimile: (02) 6274 1921

Email: wildlifetrade@environment.gov.au

Industry and People Update

Dave Bray Celebrates 40 Years in the Industry

Dave Bray, currently Regional Manager for Zenith Music Wholesale, will on February 21, 2017 celebrate 40 years of employment in the music products industry. Dave commenced his journey at Billy Hyde Music in the late 70’s, through to Electric Factory in the 80’s & 90’s, then Pro Music, CMC and Lamberti Bros and for the last 6 years, Zenith Music Wholesale. He has held positions of National Sales Manager and represented some of the biggest industry brands. Dave truly has dedicated his working life to music products and made many long-time friends in the industry. He does a great Joe Cocker impersonation… especially after a few chardies.  He’s a pretty mean guitar player, Dave and is still gigging – a regular at the East Malvern RSL.  Known and loved nationwide for his knowledge and sense of humour, his mates and colleagues congratulate him on his 40th Anniversary.

Dave pictured here at NAMM this year with Mike Matthews of Electro Harmonix.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brian Kelly Departs Allans Billy Hyde

It has been announced this week that Brian Kelly has departed the position of National Retail Manager at Allans Billy Hyde. Brian had been in the job for about four years, and leaves to pursue other opportunities.

Grant Cardwell Departs Fender Australia

After 23 years, and many miles around the country and abroad, Grant Cardwell announced he was leaving Fender at the end of 2016. Grant said, “it’s time for me to step aside and let someone else have the Fender rep’s chair. I must admit I’ve had a great time meeting and working with all of you, forging business relationships and friendships over that period, something I’m sure I will greatly miss”.

Grant will remain in the industry and looks forward to reconnecting with his colleagues in the future.

Chris Herring appointed National Sales Manager at Yamaha Music

Yamaha Music Australia has re-created a National Sales Manager, a role that had not been formally filled (other than Mark Amory and Steve Legg performing aspects of the role) since 2010. YMA announce that after 10 years with YMA, Chris Herring has been promoted to National Sales Manager, commencing February 1st.

Chris brings a wealth of sales experience, key account management and product knowledge to this role. He will continue as NSW/ACT Sales Manager (reduced area) and will pick up National Accounts management.

Steve Legg Fundraiser

As many would know, our friend and colleague, Steve Legg is not well.

His mates at Yamaha Music are putting together a fund-raiser for help Steve, Felicity and the family. Details are as follows;

Date:                                      Friday 17th Feb

Time:                                     7-10

Venue :                                 Scrapyard, Bakehouse Abbotsford

Tickets:                                 Will be available to purchase online at a cost of $50

Drinks:                                  At bar prices

Entertainment:                  The Bad loves (trio) , Eleven Jacobs Run

Raffle Items

Even though Yamaha is hosting the event, other suppliers and members are welcome to spring for raffle / silent auction prizes, please contact Jaclyn Williams at Yamaha jaclyn.williams@music.yamaha.com

Vale Ray Lilja

The AMA was sad to hear of the passing of long time Melbourne retailer, Ray Lilja recently. Our condolences to his family and friends.