AUSTRALIAN MUSICIAN. THE WEBSITE FOR MUSICIANS
Australian Musician magazine was first launched by the Australian Music Association in December 1995 as a quarterly, colour publication in print. Its aim was to inform, educate and entertain local musicians of all levels. It was an initiative of AMA executive committee member, Alex Bolt and was produced by Executive Officer Rob Walker, who acted as Managing Editor, and was designed and edited by Greg Phillips (Mediaville). Greg was appointed Managing Editor in 2001 and has continued in this role to the present day. It was available free from musical instrument retailers nationally in Australia.
Australian Musician featured artist interviews, album reviews, gear news, gear road tests, and music lessons. Some of Australia’s most respected musicians such as Tommy Emmanuel, INXS, Kate Ceberano, Wolfmother, Little Birdy, Paul Dempsey and Dave Graney have personally contributed to Australian Musician magazine. One of Australian Musician’s most publicised editions was the Ms Musician Edition (distributed in December 2007), an all-female edition guest edited by Capitol Recording artist Clare Bowditch. It is widely regarded as the only edition of a musician’s magazine world wide, whereby all articles were about female artists and written by female writers. Even the road tests of guitars, amplifiers, effects units and keyboards, traditionally a male domain, were written by females. Other issues of note were the 50 Significant Moments in Australian Pop/Rock issue, as well as issues guest edited by The Drones and Powderfinger.
Australian Musician specialised in covering band soundchecks, whereby the magazine was granted editorial and photographic access to some of the world’s finest acts during rehearsals, giving its readers a view of rock music from the inside. Artists that have allowed the magazine access include The Rolling Stones, Joe Satriani, The Thrills, Roger Waters’, Sepultura and many more.
In late 2011, the publishing of Australian Musician was outsourced. In October 2012, the publishing licence of the magazine was returned to the Australian Music Association and since, Australian Musician has been in recess. It was until then, Australia’s longest continuously running musician’s magazine. The Australian Music Association is proud to relaunch Australian Musician in March 2014 as an online publication with the same goals and philosophies – assisting the Australian music community by providing artist exposure and information on, and promotion of, the tools that musicians use to create their art.
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