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Australian Musician

Special Notice

Breaking News! Our much loved magazine Australian Musician will be back in 2014 in a new online format. We’ll be focusing on our Australian industry and our fantastic Australian Musicians. There’ll be the usual features including lessons, articles, interviews, featured products and the latest gear available in Australia. Greg Phillips will be back as Editor. Watch out for www.australianmusician.com.au coming your way in 2014.
We established Australian Musician in 1995 – so we’re glad she’s home. We will have tons of archive material too.
Australian Musician magazine – developed by musicians for musicians.

Read the press release about the relaunch in March 2014 here

Music Biz Australia

music biz

The AMA is happy to announce its endorsement of a new online publication, to be launched in June for businesses in the music supply chain. musicBiz will be produced by ‘talking business’, a communication consultancy led by veteran business journalist Allan Leibowitz. Allan has edited a regional business newspaper, various business to business trade titles and currently publishes digitalDrummer, an online global magazine for the electronic percussion sector.

A gigging musician, Allan will combine his publishing expertise, business journalism skills and music knowledge to produce a magazine tailored to the needs of operators in the Australasian music trade.

The AMA is happy to throw its support behind a publication that shares its mission of professionalising the music industry and providing its members with access to leading-edge information, advice and expertise.

musicBiz will be published quarterly, starting in June, and distributed to businesses in the music industry – wholesalers, retailers, hire operators, production companies, studios, teachers – in short, anyone who sells musical products or services to the public or their suppliers.

Allan Leibowitz can be contacted at editor@digitaldrummermag.com or by calling 0411 238 456.

AMA Market Report

ama-market-report-2012-iconThe AMA Market Report is a comprehensive review of the last 10 years of the Australian imports market, spanning 48 pages of detailed analysis.

One copy of this report is made available at no charge to all paid-up members of the Association.

Additional printed copies are available to members for $44 per copy. Melmbers can download the report in the Members Only area of this website

For more information or to place orders, please contact the AMA office:

p: 03 9254 1019
e: info@australianmusic.asn.au

Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG)

Download the AWAG Open Letter (PDF: 220Kb)
An open letter from Australian Commercial and Entertainment Technology Association (ACETA) and the Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG) and the Australian Music Association (AMA)

Digital Dividend Green Paper and Wireless Audio Devices

On January 11th 2010 the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy published the long awaited Digital Dividend Green Paper. This paper indicates how much spectrum within the broadcast services band the Australian government hopes to auction off and what part of the spectrum will be subject to this reallocation.

Since then the government has announced that it will auction off the right to use of 126MHz of contiguous spectrum from 694-820MHz, what is colloquially known as the 700MHz band for telecommunications use. This spectrum is known as the ‘digital dividend’.

While we acknowledge the desire of Government to maximise the asset and value that is inherent within the wireless spectrum AWAG has acted to ensure that the interests of both the sellers and users of wireless audio products are accommodated in any future re-stack of the wireless spectrum.

Through the Green Paper process and through other submission and meetings AWAG have sought to achieve the following outcomes:
That wireless spectrum remains available to users and that the available spectrum is sufficient to accommodate current and future use
That the uncertainty surrounding the future use of these products be resolved as soon as possible
That there is sufficient time between the determination of future spectrum access within the 520Mhz and the proposed 694Mhz band for organizations to make the necessary changes
That our right to use these products under the Low Interference Portable Devices (LIPD) licence arrangements is acknowledged and that similar arrangements continue into the future
That the Government recognise that there are costs associated with the change of spectrum, including the decommissioning existing equipment and its replacement with new equipment appropriate for use within the new and as yet to be determined, frequencies.

Wireless audio devices and the digital divided

The following three documents produced by AWAG outline the current situation and point to future needs and use.

If you want to know more about the Digital Dividend and how the changes make affect the use of radio microphone, instrument transmitters and in ear monitoring systems then Wireless Audio Devices and the Digital Dividend paper is a good place to start. It outlines the nature of the government changes to the broadcast spectrum and how they might impact on the use of wireless mics, in ear monitoring systems and other musical instrument transmitters.

If you want to know what’s at stake then the Windsor Place Economic Study – Untethering the Microphone will provide all you need to know. Wireless microphones and other wireless audio devices are enabling technologies and the Windsor Place report provides an independent examination of the value of wireless audio devices. In total, there are over 130,000 wireless audio devices being used across Australia every day. Because these devices are being used in a wide variety of industries and in a multitude of ways numbers, outcomes and consequences might surprise you.

In March 2009, AWAG took a snapshot of the use of spectrum by radio mics and other wireless audio devices in and around the Sydney CBD. The scan covered just five major events being staged that night at the Sydney Football Stadium, The Entertainment Centre, The Convention Centre, Capitol Theatre and the Lyric Theatre. The scan captured over 230 devices being used on these five entertainment events alone plus a further 60 systems being used in news and current affairs. To see how the spectrum was used you can view the AWAG Spectrum Map.

AWAG responses to the Government and Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) consultations

Over the past couple of years the Government and the ACMA have been consulting on a range of activities that are associated with the Digital Divided. AWAG has responded to each of these requests with detailed economic, social and technical assessments on the likely effects of the dividend on the use and users of wireless audio devices.

You can read each of the responses here:

The Government Green Paper
IFC Five Year Spectrum Outlook
IFC Reallocation of the 700MHZ band
Clearing the Digital Dividend

Another Day In The Life – Tribute concert for George Kristy

Proudly supporting beyondblue

Tragically on December 18th 2013, the Melbourne music community sadly lost one of its great rock drummers. A consummate entertainer, the phenomenon that was George Kristy is described by audiences and fellow musicians as a powerhouse drummer with great groove and a master of stick tricks.

In honour of George’s memory a group of talented, well known Melbourne musicians have come together to put on a concert on Wednesday, March 5th 2014 and raise funds for a wonderful cause, beyondblue. Full details are available by clicking here.

New magazine for music trade

The US has Music Trades, the UK has MI Pro and soon, Australasia will have its own dedicated publication for the music trade – musicBiz.The AMA is happy to announce its endorsement of a new online publication, to be launched in June for businesses in the music supply chain. musicBiz will be produced by ‘talking business’, a communication consultancy led by veteran business journalist Allan Leibowitz.Allan has edited a regional business newspaper, various business to business trade titles and currently publishes digitalDrummer, an online global magazine for the electronic percussion sector.A gigging musician, Allan will combine his publishing expertise, business journalism skills and music knowledge to produce a magazine tailored to the needs of operators in the Australasian music trade.The AMA is happy to throw its support behind a publication that shares its mission of professionalising the music industry and providing its members with access to leading-edge information, advice and expertise.AMA CEO Rob Walker welcomes the launch of the new publication, which he says is a perfect companion to the relaunched Australian Musician online. “A trade-only title will allow us all to target our messages and make sure we don’t confuse our trade and consumer messaging,” he says.

musicBiz will be published quarterly, starting in June, and distributed to businesses in the music industry – wholesalers, retailers, hire operators, production companies, studios, teachers – in short, anyone who sells musical products or services to the public or their suppliers.

To assist with planning, the editor and publisher is calling for expressions of interest from businesses eager to communicate with his target audience. He is particularly interested in hearing from potential advertisers (with special AMA member rates). He is also keen to start collecting editorial material, and anyone who currently distributes product announcements is asked to add musicBiz to its database.

The magazine will include business profiles, and anyone interested in sharing their experience with our audience is also asked to make contact with the magazine.

The door is open, and Allan welcomes any questions, comments or suggestions which will help ensure that we get the magazine which the industry needs.

The AMA is happy to be working with the professional and dedicated publisher and asks its members to throw their weight behind this venture to ensure its success. We want to talk about all that is good about our industry and our people.

Allan Leibowitz can be contacted at editor@digitaldrummermag.com or by calling 0411 238 456.