AUSTA News 2024

The solo double bass: pride or prejudice

June 21st, 2024 by AUSTA Admin

The solo double bass: pride or prejudice written by Barry Green This article originally appeared in Stringendo Volume 46 Number 1 April 2024. All images provided by Barry Green. Barry Green is the AUSTA International Touring Artist in July and August 2024. Learn more about where you can see Barry here.  Why is it that, in jazz or classical circles, the idea of listening to a bassist playing a solo ranks about as desirable as being forced to eat lima beans or spinach? I have no doubt that, in general, the public is more attracted to eating pizza, hamburger and…


AUSTA National Touring Artist: Barry Green

June 10th, 2024 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA National Touring Artist 2024 Barry Green Barry Green (USA), world-class double bassist, best-selling author, and renowned educator, is touring Australia from July to August as AUSTA’s National Touring Artist for 2024. Double bass virtuoso Barry Green is the author of three bestselling books that explore the philosophy of music, the mind, and spirit: The Inner Game of Music (Doubleday, 1986), The Mastery of Music: Ten Pathways to True Artistry (Broadway/Doubleday, 2003), and Bringing Music to Life (GIA, 2009). He has also written three bass method books, produced numerous solo recordings, and created unique multimedia concert programs. From July 5…


ESTA UK Summer School

June 7th, 2024 by AUSTA Admin

ESTA UK Summer School August 4 – 9 2024 ASTA members, AUSTA members, ESTA members and friends are warmly invited to attend the ESTA UK Summer School. Held at Dean Close School, in the historic English town of Cheltenham, on the edge of the Cotswolds. Presenters include world class string educators including Steve Bingham, Sarah Crooks, Chris Haigh, Glyn Oxley, Michelle Falcon, James Halsey and Dr Simon Jones. During the week, delegates will learn about klezmer, rock, jazz, technique, baroque style and much more! In addition to playing and learning, Henry George will be leading classes on Alexander Technique and…


EBM Coverlink Insurance Partnership

March 7th, 2024 by AUSTA Admin

EBM CoverLink offers AUSTA members access to an exclusive insurance offer that applies whether your instrument is at home or in transit. Benefits include: instrument covered whether it is at home or in transit no claim discount (if no claims made during past 3 years) free climatic conditions cover (if instrument is under $100,000) reduced broker fee from $90.00 to $50.00 p/y support in the event of a claim. Read more about how to access this offer here (please note, you must be logged in to the website and a current member to access this offer.) For more information contact EBM CoverLink on 1300…


AUSTA 2025 National Conference Questionaire

March 1st, 2024 by AUSTA Admin

Dear AUSTA colleagues, We are excited that our upcoming AUSTA National Conference will be hosted in Sydney, NSW on 11-13th July 2025. To make this conference inspiring and enlightening we would love to get feedback from you and all AUSTA members through this short 10-minute survey HERE. We want to better understand your needs and your vision for the conference. Each submission will be placed in a lucky draw to win prizes. Do not miss out on the lucky draw and ensure your feedback reaches us on time by 19th March. We look forward to reading your feedback and seeing you at the conference next year. Goetz Richter (NSW…


Social Media Manager – Job Description

January 10th, 2024 by AUSTA Admin

NATIONAL SOCIAL MEDIA MANAGER AUSTA is seeking a vibrant and suitably qualified Social Media Manager to coordinate our online presence as a leader in the Australian strings community. The successful candidate will be required to manage social media accounts such as Facebook and LinkedIn, providing regular engaging content on the National and State pages. They will regularly liaise with State presidents, the National Advertising Manager and the National Administrator to gather timely content and ensure that followers remain informed, with a view to encouraging members to attend online and in-person events, and for new members to join the association. You…


2023 AGM

November 1st, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Strings Association Limited (AUSTA) will be held on Thursday November 23 at 8.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Notice is hereby given that the 2023 Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday November 23 at 8:00 pm ADT. Members who would like to participate should contact Emily (AUSTA National Administrator) by email admin@austa.asn.au for access to the relevant Zoom links. The audited financial statements will be made available to members on the website prior to the meeting. Members who would like to nominate a proxy can use the form…


ATO Resources for Performing Artists & Teachers

June 29th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

ATO Resources for Performing Artists & Teachers June 2023 It’s almost show time! Tax time is right around the corner. Not sure what deductions to claim as a performing artist? Well, good news, the Australian Taxation Office (ATO) have shared some helpful tips and resources to give you a hand! For Performing Artists ‘To claim, or not to claim?’ From agent fees, to travel expenses – the ATO’s tailored occupation guide for Performing artists helps you understand what you can and can’t claim in your tax return. It also covers the income and allowances you’ll need to declare, and the…


SEA Music Academy Online Partnership

May 24th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is pleased to announce a new partnership with Southeast Asia Music Academy Online (SEA Music Academy Online). The Academy provides a virtual platform for musicians, music teachers, and music students to upskill and expand their horizons, through a varied selection of music courses and classes delivered by award-winning educators. In collaboration with leading partners in the region, we strive to create an online music community in the region, connecting musicians and students of all genres. With lifelong learning as the Academy’s mission, our courses equip learners with valuable skills needed to thrive in an ever-evolving musical landscape — providing…


EBM Insurance & Risk – Partnership News

May 19th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

EBM Insurance & Risk – Partnership News EBM is proud to announce they are a new partner of the Australian Children’s Music Foundation (ACMF). ACMF provides long-term high-quality evidence-based music programs and instruments to disadvantaged children across Australia. EBM looks forward to working alongside ACMF as they enrich the lives of disadvantaged children and achieve positive educational and behavioural outcomes. *AUSTA members can organise an exclusive musical instrument insurance offer with EBM Insurance &  Risk. For details and to obtain a quote, please visit the Members area of the AUSTA website HERE. Please note, you must be logged in to…


Advertising Manager Appointment

April 20th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is delighted to announce the appointment of our new Advertising Manager, Louise King. Louise is a well-known cellist who now resides at the beautiful Sunshine Coast in Queensland. Her Cello Dreaming workshops and her sublime cello playing are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her enthusiasm for music and all things AUSTA. Louise brings with her a wealth of skills in marketing, branding and string playing, along with a sparkling energy that will be a huge asset to our already amazing AUSTA team. We welcome Louise to the AUSTA National staff and we are very…


National Advertising Manager – Job Description

February 10th, 2023 by AUSTA Admin

AUSTA is conducting a search to find our new Advertising Manager for Stringendo. There is an honorarium attached to the position. The person would need to enjoy talking to potential and current advertisers, be reliable, good with deadlines, and able to organise data in Microsoft Excel. The Advertising Manager’s role is to solicit and liaise with current and potential advertisers for the inclusion of advertising in Stringendo, AUSTA’s twice-yearly published Stringendo Journal. The job is an autonomous one, although reporting to the National Executive Committee and Stringendo team is required. The Stringendo Journal is published in April and October. The…


Advertising Policy

December 5th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Advertising Policy (as of December 2022) Download the Advertising Policy HERE  Social Media and advertising are integral to the development and promotion of AUSTA. Advertising opportunities are available in the following categories: Stringendo – click for more information Email advertising (via Mailchimp) to our membership of over 900 string players, teachers and industry professionals Social Media (Facebook) Email advertising (via MailChimp) AUSTA Members email advertising: $55 per chapter, with a total cap of $220, plus GST. For events and services only (not products or retail services). job advertisements, summer schools, concerts, masterclasses etc. Schools will need to be a member…


EBM Insurance Partnership News

July 29th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

EBM Insurance & Risk recently released a podcast with Brooke McLaren, who leads their musical instrument insurance program, where she discusses how to determine the replacement value of your instrument should it be damaged or stolen. Click here to listen to the podcast As a member of AUSTA you can access a musical instrument insurance offer via EBM Insurance & Risk. For more details and to obtain a quote, please visit the Members area of the AUSTA website HERE. Please note, you must be logged in to the website and a current member to access this offer.  


Tax time stage fright? The ATO can help

June 8th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Performing Artists: The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) has put together a range of resources and tips to help you lodge your tax return this year. Check out the work-related expenses guide for performing artists to find out what you can and can’t claim this year. COVID-19 has had a big impact on the performing artist industry and as a result you might have a few new and different claims this year. If you’ve received a COVID-19 support payment, remember the tax treatment of these payments varies so make sure you visit the ATO’s quick guide to the tax treatment of…


Book Launch: Molto AUSTA

May 13th, 2022 by AUSTA Admin

Molto Austa: a historical overview of the Australian Strings Association Susan Pierotti Order your copy now! Orders close Fri 17/06/22 $30 (collect at conference) $45 (posted) The Australian Strings Association (AUSTA) has a diverse membership of teachers, students, players and makers of stringed instruments. AUSTA began with a few enthusiastic string teachers at a seminar in 1975. It rapidly developed thriving chapters in all states, delivered workshops and conferences, and organised tours by overseas guest artists and tours overseas by AUSTA members. It has survived fluctuating membership numbers, financial pressures and the opening and closing of state chapters. Its members…


EBM Insurance Partnership

January 12th, 2022 by Emily Dittman

EBM Insurance Partnership EBM Insurance & Risk is Australian owned and operated and has a dedicated team that supports musicians, dealers, teachers and students with cover for their instruments.   AUSTA members can access an exclusive insurance offer from EBM Insurance & Risk. This offer applies whether your instrument is at home or in transit and includes: no claim discount (if no claims made during past 3 years) free climatic conditions cover (if instrument is under $100,000) reduced broker fee from $90.00 to $50.00 p/y support in the event of a claim. Read more about how to access this offer here…


2021 AGM

October 27th, 2021 by Emily Dittman

The Annual General Meeting of the Australian Strings Association Limited (AUSTA) will be held on Thursday November 25 at 8.00 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Time. Notice is hereby given that the 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held online via Zoom on Thursday November 25 at 8:00 pm AEDT. Members who would like to participate should contact Emily Dittman (AUSTA National Administrator) by email admin@austa.asn.au for advice and access to the relevant Zoom links. The audited financial statements will be made available to members on the website prior to the meeting. Members who would like to nominate a proxy can…


2020 AGM Reports

November 30th, 2020 by Karen Kyriakou

The AUSTA AGM took place on Thursday November 26 online via Zoom. Relevant reports can be found below:   To read or download the Presidents Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Treasurer Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Stringendo Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE To read or download the Social Media Report for the 2020 AGM click HERE   For access to the Chapter Reports, please click on the relevant Chapter below: ACT     NSW     QLD     SA     TAS  …


DON’T FORGET TO REGISTER!

May 15th, 2019 by David Sanzone