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 […]

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 […]

AMA Annual General Meeting Date Announced

The 39th Annual General Meeting will be held in the Alfred Room, Novotel Hotel, Upper Esplanade, St Kilda on Wednesday, November 25, 2015 at 5pm. Invitation to AMA Members and their staff I’m writing to invite you to our AGM on Wednesday 25th November at 5pm at the Novotel Hotel, Upper Esplanade, St Kilda. I […]

New Australian Research Explains Why Learning Music Makes Kids Smarter

Learning Music Makes Kids Smarter 7 News Reports that New Australian research has revealed school kids who play music are better learners, triggering a call for state governments to employ music teachers in every classroom. The research outcomes confirm research done into this subject for 30 years now. “The headline was the same then as it […]

GST on low-value imported parcels soon to be reality says Federal Government

After years of continuous lobbying by our industry and small-business groups, the federal government has given the most positive sign yet that Australian retailers will be treated fairly when it comes to competing on a level playing field with overseas online sellers. State treasurers will be asked to subject almost all imported parcels to goods […]

NAMM Elects New Chairman and Executive Committee

Incoming NAMM Chairman, Mark Goff honoured the outgoing Chairman, Larry Morton who stepped down after his two-year tenure at NAMM’s AGM at the Summer Show in Nashville. Larry was a popular visitor last year when he was our special guest at the AMAC Convention. The Association extends its congratulations to Mark, as well as new […]

CERT III & IV Musical Instrument Making & Repair Course Funded by Victorian State Government

Cert III & IV Musical Instrument Making & Repair Course Funded by State Government The association has successfully led an industry lobby for the reinstatement of Cert III & IV qualifications in Musical Instrument Making and Repair. At the federal level , Manufacturing Skills Australia (MSA) withdrew support last year citing there was no industry […]

Music Australia Launches Music Talks with ‘Music in the Classroom’ – Workshop with Richard Gill OAM

Music Talks is an occasional series of talks, seminars, panels and roundtables which discuss topical issues in music. They are future focused with many geared to the independent sector. All feature expert presenters and speakers, and each targets a particular professional audience. Formats include guest speakers, panel sessions and round tables. Panel sessions include a […]

Music Biz Australia

The AMA is happy to announce its endorsement of a new online publication, to be launched in June for businesses in the music supply chain. musicBiz will be produced by ‘talking business’, a communication consultancy led by veteran business journalist Allan Leibowitz. Allan has edited a regional business newspaper, various business to business trade titles […]

Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG)

Download the AWAG Open Letter (PDF: 220Kb) An open letter from Australian Commercial and Entertainment Technology Association (ACETA) and the Australian Wireless Audio Group (AWAG) and the Australian Music Association (AMA) Digital Dividend Green Paper and Wireless Audio Devices On January 11th 2010 the Minister for Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, Stephen Conroy published […]