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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

CITES Update – The Rosewood Situation

At NAMM the AMA attended a meeting to update on the CITIES listing of rosewood species. Attending were the League of American Orchestras and the US Fish and Wildlife Service (equivalent of the Department for the Environment). Musical instrument exporters across the globe are struggling with compliance problems relating to the new rosewood restrictions. It […]

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.