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QANTAS has announced changes to their existing musical instrument policy, through a dedicated Musicians Additional Baggage Allowance which sets out to assist artists when travelling with a musical instrument or touring equipment.

The offer includes a free baggage allowance of three pieces (at 23kgs per piece) for artists. This baggage allowance is available on Qantas and QantasLink domestic services (within Australia with a ‘QF’ flight number operated by Qantas).

The offer applies to flights departing on or after 13 April 2015 and must be booked two or more business days prior to departure.

Eligibility

To be eligible for this offer, the musician must be travelling with a musical instrument or touring equipment and be a current member of one of the following eligible musical associations;

• Association of Artist Managers

• Australian Independent Record Labels Association

• The Australasian Performing Right Association

• The Australian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society

• Live Performance Australia

• Musicians Union of Australia

• Country Music Association of Australia

• Folk Alliance

• Australian Chamber Orchestra

• Opera Australia

• AMIN’s member organisations: Queensland Music Network, Music Tasmania, Music NSW, Music NT, Music Victoria and The Western Australian Music Industry Association.

To read the fact sheet from QANTAS, including details on how to claim the extra baggage, read more here:  Changes-to-Qantas-Carriage-of-Musical-Instrument-Policy

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Australian musicians are set to save thousands of dollars a year in touring costs after a new preferred supplier deal negotiated between the Australian Music Industry Network and Travel Beyond Group.

In an Australian first, Travel Beyond Group has designed a dedicated travel portal available to members of AMIN’s associated state and territory bodies which offers discounted Virgin Australia fares (domestically and internationally), heavily discounted accommodation rates and ground requirements.

Highlights include:

• Savings on all Virgin Australia fare classes between 7% – 20%

• Discounted rates and reduced excess on Car Hire

• Multiple drivers, flexible driver age below 25 (over the age of 21 and full licence required)

• Online portal to book hotels and apartments at best rate including Quest, Mantra, Oaks, Accor, IHG, Starwood, Crown and other boutique properties both in Australia and internationally for groups under 10

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