SWOT Analysis of Musical Instrument Making

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Introduction

Australian Association of Musical Instrument Makers

  1. Training: we do not have any training system as it is just not possible to give any. Those of us that can guide a new member do so as best we can.
  2. Level of Professionalism: some of our members make on commission and we therefore [are] professionals but most members make as a hobby or want to try something different from general woodwork.
  3. Employment: nil as all members are voluntary.
  4. Level of Networking and Cooperation: is generally very good between members. We endeavour to produce four journals a year.
  5. Promotion: is by exhibiting at various venues in public libraries, and the Working with Wood Show every year.
  6. Exports: some of our members have made instruments for overseas musicians.

Strengths

  • Some of our members make on commission and we therefore [are] professionals.
  • Level of networking and cooperation is generally very good between members. We endeavour to produce four journals a year.
  • Some of our members have made instruments for overseas musicians.

Weaknesses

  • We do not have any training system as it is just not possible to give any. Those of us that can guide a new member do so as best we can.
  • Nil employment as all members are voluntary.
  • Only Queensland members meet regularly, and these are small in number.
  • Members are mostly hobby makers, wanting to do something different with wood.

Opportunities

  • Promotion is by exhibiting at various venues in public libraries, and the Working with Wood Show every year.

Threats

  • Lack of employment.
  • Lack of promotion of this industry amongst musicians.
  • Lack of professional development.

Author

Maurice Briggs. Submitted 7 March 2008.

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