Byron Music Announces New Byron Bay Guitar Festival

Byron Bay Music will present the inaugural Byron Bay Guitar Festival on November 11 and 12. The Festival aims to bring together guitar enthusiasts and music lovers together in the iconic location. Already hosting internationally renowned festivals, Byron Bay is a destination on the music and culture map. Performers include Phil Emmanuel, Kevin Borich and […]

Ellaways Music Opens New Location

Iconic Brisbane retailer, Ellaways Music has opened a new location Ellaways Music at Shop 5B, 4-6 Burke Crescent, North Lakes, to add to its Kedron location

Cranbourne Music Supports School Rock Bands with Growing Festival

Ten Years ago Cranbourne Music started RockFest with 8 Bands and about 30 Students involved. By the next year it had nearly doubled that number to now involving 400 students playing and 100 involved in staging and sound – with junior and senior divisions. The events are held at schools that have a decent Theatre […]

Melbourne Guitar Show Hailed Best Yet

The 2017 Melbourne Guitar Show has been hailed as the best yet by exhibitors, punters and the artists. Lots of social media feedback particularly has encouraged us to think that we got the program and use of the venue right this year. This included bringing all entertainment inside (into warmer climes) this year, including a […]

Australian Music Association Receives Grant from The NAMM Foundation

Australian Music Association Receives Grant from The NAMM Foundation (Melbourne, Victoria, Australia- July 7, 2017) — The Australian Music Association has been named a grant recipient of The NAMM Foundation. The organization was selected as one of 24 organizations to receive a grant to fund vital programs that create and support access to musical instruction […]

AMP Conference 2017 Provides Best Practice Training Opportunities for Industry

The AMP Conference Speaker and Sessions program is all but finished with a further announcement of a key session entitles The State of Play in digital marketing presented by Richard Harris, Managing Director of IQ (Education) at the Association for Data-driven Marketing and Advertising. As technology is more ubiquitous in business, so the risks of non […]

Low Value GST Threshold Abolition Postponed in Federal Budget

It is frustrating to report that the Federal Government has postponed the abolition of the Low Value GST Threshold on Imports until at least July 1, 2018. Apparently, the government has been under pressure from the major internet sellers, who, together with the bureaucracy, claim to have had not enough time to adopt the procedures […]

AMA and Soundhouse Music Alliance Sponsor Up the Guts Tour

Soundhouse Music Alliance, the music products industry charity, has with a donation from the association sponsored the second Up the Guts Tour. It it’s second year, Up the Guts is reaching out to communities in country and regional areas from Melbourne to Darwin. The tour is a celebration of Australian rock’n’roll with gigs in 15 […]

Industry News

Catch up on the latest industry news and activities in our regular update. There’s always a lot going on behind the scenes. If members have got any news from around the traps feel free to send us a presser, and we’ll give it a run. Yamaha donates $90,000 Instrument package to Apollo Bay School Yamaha […]

Consumer Beware if Buying Rosewood Overseas – CITES (Rosewood Trade) Update

Our industry, like many globally are dealing with the impact of the CITES ruling on the trade of rosewood. While supporting moves to protect the specis, for many the administrative and financial implications are numerous. Interestingly, In a recent ruling by the Department of Energy and the Environment, private purchases of instrument containing rosewood are […]