Industry Advisory on New Rosewood Trade Regulations

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 will take effect on 2 January 2017, and any imports or […]

Michael Shade Appointed New Yamaha General Manager

It has been announced that Michael Shade will replace Mark Amory as General Manager of Yamaha Music Australia, following Mark’s impending move to Fender Australia. Michael is a veteran of the industry and Yamaha, and returns after three years in international products development outside the industry. He commences his tenure on 12 December.

Retailers Warn on Fraudulent Activity

Melbourne retailers have reported a couple of individuals going around to music shops over the past month trying to buy gear with stolen credit cards. Reported one; “We had one in store trying to purchase a guitar, he told a great story of buying it for his brother who is recovering from cancer in Hospital, he […]

New Regulations to Curb Rosewood Trade

Many industry members would be aware of the recent decision by CITES (the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) with regard the rosewood specis. Key is that Indian Rosewood will be listed on the CITES list from Jan 2, 2017. What this means is that the movement across international […]

Mark Amory Appointed New General Manager of Fender Australia

Fender Music Australia (FMA) today announced it has appointed Mark Amory as General Manager, effective 12 December 2016, reporting directly to Edward “Bud” Cole, President Fender Asia. Amory will be relocating from Melbourne to Sydney to join the current Fender Music Australia team, where he will be managing business initiatives specifically in Australia. “Fender was […]

2016 AMA AGM Date

The AMA Annual General Meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, starting at 5.00pm at the Rydges Parramatta, 116 James Ruse Drive, Rosehill, NSW. We have chosen Rydges Parramatta this year for the AGM so that we can show members and stakeholders the venue for the proposed inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show […]

Industry Updates and People News

Steve Legg, Yamaha’s long-time Assistant National Sales Manager in the Music Products Division has resigned from the company due to health reasons. Steve has been recovering from surgery and is currently undergoing treatment. Steve has been a valuable member of the AMA’s executive committee and on behalf of all his mates and colleagues we wish […]

Hal Leonard Australia Acquires Majority Interest in Innovative Music

MELBOURNE – Hal Leonard Australia announced that they have acquired a majority interest in Innovative Music Australia Pty Ltd, effective as of 1 September 2016. Innovative was founded by Steve Lincoln-Smith 27 years ago and has developed into a highly respected distributor of music technology products in the Australian market. Located in Notting Hill, a suburb […]

A Legg Up – Steve Legg Fundraiser

Our good friend Steve Legg has recently had surgery and is undergoing treatment for a serious medical condition. To help Steve and his family we have arranged a get together at: Eltham Hotel 746 Main Rd, Eltham VIC 3095 Wednesday 14th September 7.00-10.00pm We will be raising funds to help with the day to day challenges […]

2016 Melbourne Guitar Show a Stunning Success

The 2016 Melbourne Guitar Show has been hailed a ‘stunning success’ in music industry media outlets and amongst the industry. Over 5,500 people attended over the weekend to see over 80 exhibitors show their wares and nearly 100 individual artists performed on the program. The show grew all round by 20% over 2015, and by […]