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 […]

Vale David Robinson

Vale David Robinson 5-4-1935 to 11-8-2016 With regret we advise that long time industry member David Robinson passed away on 11th August, aged 81. David worked with Musical Merchandisers for over 20 years as a Victorian Sales Rep (retiring in 2008). He was part of an elite group having served the industry for a period […]


O’Loughlin Family hands over the reigns to US parent Company O’Loughlin has been a name associated with Fender Musical Instruments since the 60’s when Peter O’Loughlin acquired the distribution rights from CBS. After his untimely passing, his wife, Margaret and their son David have built and maintained the iconic brand’s market position for over 35 […]

Melbourne Guitar Show near sell out!

The Melbourne Guitar Show is only a month away. The show will grow in 2016, with 20% more exhibitors and displays. The AMA’s Rob Walker, said “we are very upbeat about the response to the show this year. Despite, adding more than 30 stands including a first level dedicated to acoustic guitars, we only have a […]