To advance and protect the professional status and interests of Orchestrators (Music Arrangers), Copyists (Music Typesetters) and Electronic Arrangers throughout Australia
To maintain excellence in the professional standard of Orchestration (Music Arrangement), Copying (Music Typesetting) and Electronic Arrangement throughout Australia
Seek to heighten industry and public awareness of the importance of our national membership's expertise
If you are thinking of becoming a professional music arranger, electronic arranger, orchestrator and/or copyist, you should also think seriously about belonging to a professional association whose objective is to advance and protect the professional status and interests of its members. The Music Arrangers' Guild of Australia Incorporated (MAGA Inc.) is such an organisation. It is a national body registered as an incorporated association with the Australian Securities Commission as well as the Department of Fair Trading (NSW), and as such, it is a unified entity, which has brought together all the former State Divisions of MAGA. In so doing, it is represented by a stronger voice as reflected by the size of its overall membership throughout Australia, which currently numbers about 300. Its Registered Office, together with a sitting National Executive, is based in Sydney. Non-NSW Executive Members are located in Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth.
The Guild's members are Australia's music arrangers, electronic arrangers, orchestrators and copyists who notate by the manuscript, computer or music file method. A set of Rules, Definitions, Regulations and Allowances forms the basis for regulating and governing operations of the Guild. A Recommended Fee Schedule for different categories of work is also provided to members only. The Guild's aims include the setting of a professional standard within the music industry with respect to arranging, electronic arranging, orchestrating and copying, irrespective of whether the work is undertaken by the manuscript, computer or music file method. To ensure that new member admissions have a minimum standard of proficiency, be they arrangers or copyists, an entry test is conducted on applicants. Subject to the approval of the National Executive, a successful applicant will be notified of his/her admission into the Guild. For the casual beginner or the music student MAGA Inc. also offers an "entry level" of accreditation called the Certificate of Merit whereby the successful applicant is recognised as achieving the preliminary standards set by the Guild. Such persons may then move on to Full Membership within a three-year period.
A distribution list of current financial members with phone numbers, addresses and the type of computer software used by the respective member (where applicable) is issued periodically, for use by anyone seeking the services of an arranger, electronic arranger, orchestrator or copyist throughout Australia. Often, contact is also made among members wishing to swap ideas and information, or where extra assistance is required on any job. While the Guild is not an employment agency, the Secretary has referred clients to members specialising in particular types of work in their respective States. Occasions have arisen whereby a team of copyists from different States have combined to carry out a job via contact made by telephone, fax, email and post.
A Newsletter, The MagaScene, is produced and also issued periodically. It endeavours to provide as much information as possible in order to keep members informed on issues arising at National Executive level through to news occurring in the music industry. Seminars and workshops have been organised such as a Forum on Traditional Arranging and Copying in which eminent speakers were invited to relate their experiences, and an Expo on Arranging and Copying on Computer, in which manufacturers' representatives and experts conducted demonstrations on the workings of different hardware and software equipment.
The Guild also provides for the category of Business/Corporate membership to cover members who execute work under their Business/Corporate names, as long as they are already individual members of the Guild. There are also excellent membership opportunities within the Friends of MAGA Inc., an ancillary form of membership that comprises of individuals and organisations that offer a close and rewarding contribution to the ideals of the Guild.
A comforting thought to a new member of MAGA Inc. should be the realisation that the National Executive comprises of professional arrangers and copyists throughout Australia who are familiar with manuscript and computerised music notation, and they are always ready to assist members on any questions they may have in the execution of their profession.
by Robert Gavin & Mike Tseng