Vale Arthur ‘Artie’ Gosling

Arthur “Artie” Gosling The Association regrets to inform the industry that Arthur ‘Artie’ Gosling founder of Arties Music based in Queensland has passed away. Artie, started playing in brass bands at the age of 14 and opened his first music shop called “Arties Music” in 1979 when he was 47 years old in the small […]

Industry News and People Updates

Christian Moraga from Roland Corporation has recently relocated to Roland Professional Group (RPG) in Tokyo to take up the position of Global AIRA Brand Manager. David Whitehead, formerly of Allans Billy Hyde, has joined Roland Corporation Australia as Synth, DJ and Music Production Product Manager. Fender Hosts Dealers to Sydney The new management team of […]


The AMA has released a 60 second info piece extolling the value of music stores to the music community and public at large. Get the answers at your local music store.

AMA Announces the Inaugural Sydney Drum & Percussion Show

The floorplan and prospectus for the Sydney Drum & Percussion Show – May 27-28, 2017 at Rosehill Gardens Grand Pavilion has been distributed to members, who have until 14 December to book their space before it is released to all the industry. The first event in this format for Sydney, the show has already attracted […]

New AMA Executive Committee Elected at 2016 AGM

The 2017 Executive Committee was elected 29 November, 2016 at the AGM. We are happy to welcome a couple of new members, namely Edward ‘Bud’ Cole from Fender Australia and Steve Vranch from Yamaha Music. These gentlemen complete a board that has a broad representation of product categories and retailers. In addition to Bud and […]

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 […]