Music Education Making a Difference in Far North Queensland

If anyone doubts the effectiveness of a school music program, then they should watch this video to see the difference it can make in the lives of young people living in isolated communities at Cape York.

Well known Australian jazz drummer John Morrison talks about his visit to the Aurukun campus of the Cape York Aboriginal Australian Academy (CYAAA) for a week of intense music tuition and training.

“We build in discipline to the way they hold their instruments and the way they breathe, and then of course eventually that turns into self-discipline”

The three campuses of CYAAA (Hopevale, Coen and Aurukun) will be performing at the Queensland Music Festival concert during the Yarrabah Band Festival on July 22 at Yarrabah. 

Source: Cape York Brass – blowin’ up a storm – Into The Music – ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

AllansMusic + billy hyde Stores to Remain Open

The exciting news for Australian musicians today, is that AllansMusic and Billy Hyde stores will remain open.

Con Gallin, managing director of Australian Musical Imports and Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop, has bought the bulk of AllansMusic / Billy Hyde assets after months of negotiating with receivers Ferrier Hodgson.

Con Gallin announced that they had purchased Australian Music Group and related businesses, Allan’s Music / Billy Hyde, Musiclink and Intermusic. Gallin also confirmed that flagship stores Southport (Qld), Sydney, Alexandria, Parramatta, Adelaide, Blackburn and Bourke Street, Melbourne will remain fully operational.

After being placed into receivership Allans Billy Hyde, Australia’s largest independent music retailer, continued trading until its stores were closed last weekend, with its 513 employees sacked. Mr Gallin said most workers at the seven flagship stores would return when those stores reopened. Another 80 employees had already been made redundant in recent months.

AMI/Gallin’s Musician’s Pro Shop opened their first store in Chapel Street, Prahran in 1989, and in the ensuing 23 years have successfully opened stores in Sydney, Brisbane and Gold Coast. The addition of the Allans Billy Hyde stores brings the total music stores operated by Mr. Gallin to thirteen.

The current liquidation sale taking place in the Allans Billy Hyde stores will continue with AMI/Gallin’s adding additional stock from their warehouse and suppliers to give consumers additional discounted items right in time for Christmas.

Listen to an interview with Con Gallin from Australian Musical Imports