Tax time stage fright? The ATO can help

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.

  1. Check out the work-related expenses guide for performing artists to find out what you can and can’t claim this year.
  2. 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 the various COVID-19 payments.
  3. Don’t forget, any COVID-19 tests you purchased for work purposes are now tax deductible. You can claim a deduction for any tests you paid for from 1 July 2021 as longs as you:
  • used the test for a work-related purpose
  • had a qualifying COVID-19 test, such as a PCR test or a rapid antigen test
  • have a record of your purchase (you can use to ATO app)
  • were not reimbursed for the cost by your employer.

Finally, if you need help completing and lodging your tax return and your income is around $60,000 or less, you may be eligible for the ATO’s free Tax Help program.

If you need more information, you can find it at


Read more about deductions you can claim here.

Book Launch: Molto AUSTA

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 have learnt new skills and adapted to modern technology and global virus outbreaks. It has supported remote and regional members. Most of all, it has brought string professionals of all kinds together in a unique collegiate environment. Friendships have been maintained over forty years, and profound respect across many generations.

Using archival materials and live interviews, author Susan Pierotti has assembled a themed history of AUSTA, an association that all its members can be proud of.

Click HERE to order your copy!


An enjoyable and interesting read about the many facets of AUSTA’s past, connecting it with Australian music education’s developments during the 20th century while showing its adaptability and vision for the 21st century. Molto AUSTA and Viva Strings!

– Hamish Paterson, AUSTA Vic President

Molto AUSTA is a captivating read! The enthralling stories of inspiration, engagement and genuine hard work by leaders and members of both the National and State Chapters in developing and maintaining the organisation are beautifully told.

The historical perspective of string teaching in Australia provides a backdrop for the shaping of AUSTA’s purpose and drive, and takes the reader on an insightful journey as descriptions of conferences, meetings and celebrations focussed on promoting the cause of the profession in all corners of the country. It is an important account of Australia’s first and only association for strings and its significant role in supporting teachers, performers and makers across the country.

– Sue Arney, Lecturer in Teacher Education, The University of Melbourne


EBM Insurance Partnership

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 now 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 (please note, you must be logged in to the website and a current member to access this offer.)

AUSTA WA Facebook Group

In addition to the AUSTA WA Facebook page, (which is largely for AUSTA events, member news and opportunities posted by AUSTA Social Media managers) we have started a page AUSTA WA Group which is for members of the group and others to post freely in regard to anything of interest to the string community.  All responsibility lies with those who post and is not the responsibility of AUSTA WA.

AUSTA WA Group page

In addition to the AUSTA WA Facebook page, we have started a page AUSTA WA Group which is for members of the group and others to post freely in regard to anything of interest to the string community.  All responsibility lies with those who post and is not the responsibility of AUSTA WA.

Barry Green – 2021 International Presenter – Rescheduled Australian Tour. CANCELLED

AUSTA is sad to announce that is has made the decision to CANCEL the 2021 tour of Barry Green. This difficult decision was made due to continuing difficult travel conditions.

Barry Green served as Principal Bassist of the Cincinnati Symphony for 28 years. He is a former Executive Director of the International Society of Bassists, and currently teaches at The Ohio State University and at high schools in Cincinnati. Green has been a professor of bass at U. of Calif. Santa Cruz and U. of Cincinnati CCM and has written 3 bass method books and many solo recordings. As a bass soloist, Green has created three new multimedia productions called Anna’s Way, from Inspiration to Artistry, Anna’s Gift, the Way of Passion, and Anna’s Promise. These unique hour-long productions are for solo bass, narration with background visuals and have been performed internationally in combo version as well as with full concert band and orchestra.

Green is author of three books dealing with the philosophy of music, the mind, body 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).  Green has collaborated with renown music educator Bob Gillespie on a unique string exercises program sets to  popular music grooves and videos called Stringersize. 

The program will be introduced at the Chicago Mid-West Band and Orchestra festival in December 2019 and during his May 2020 national tour of Australia sponsored by the Australian Strings Association. 


ANAM Faculty member Karen Kyriakou presents a practical PD session for instrumental teachers of all instruments who teach groups or direct ensembles. The session will be held at the Dudley Clarke Performing Arts Centre, Hutchins School Hobart

The National Conference dates moved to Friday 1 July – Monday 4 July 2022

After much discussion, the National Executive has decided to delay the next National Conference to 2022.

This gives time for us to better understand what the future of conferences and large gatherings will be, and to work safely with our sponsors, international presenters and of course our members, in order to provide the best conference under whatever circumstances may be at play.

The conference will be held in Melbourne and the dates have been confirmed as Friday July 1 – Monday July 4, 2022.

Please make a note in your forward planner, and we look forward to seeing you there.

See the AUSTA WA Calendar on your iPad or iPhone Calendar app

On an Apple Computer in Calendar

File > New Calendar Subscription

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In the iPhone Calendar app:

Tap Calendars (centre of bottom line)

Add Calendar (bottom left)>Add Subscription Calendar

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AUSTA VIC – 40 Years of Newsletters

The first AUSTA VIC Newsletter was published at the end of

AUSTA VIC – Card Payments

Did you know that AUSTA VIC can now accept card payments at our events?

North Qld Celebration of Strings

Celebration of Strings 2018

5 Exciting Orchestras!

Workshops Friday 19

AUSTA WA Calendar

View the calendar of string events in WA


AUSTA Patron Richard Gill Honoured

AUSTA patron Richard Gill has recently received an Arts Leadership Award.

Angus McPherson’s article, recently published in Limelight

Conference Session Notes

Notes from the National Conference Sessions are being updated progressively.

New today, session notes for the Violin Forums (1.5 & 2.5) and the Set UP For Success Forum (3.4).

Go to the Interactive Program to link to the notes.

AUSTA NSW Report May 2018

NSW Report May 2018

We have had a quiet start to the year as we have had a change of president and some new committee members so we have had a lot to learn very quickly.

We have a busy few months ahead, with our annual String Festival in June and a pedagogy talk by Goetz Richter in May.

Some highlights of the year which are already planned are masterclasses with Robin Wilson and Julian Smiles, and a viola day with Roger Benedict.

Caron Chan is going to give an AMEB workshop in July and we are hoping to have the concertmaster of the SSO, Andrew Haveron give a masterclass as well.

This year, we are sponsoring the St George Eisteddfod with a $1000 prize for their Concerto Competition.

Our Reading Day will be in October and a special ensemble workshop.

Hopefully by the end of the year, AUSTA NSW will have a much bigger profile and we will start to grow the string community into a dynamic and diverse tour de force!

Cecilia Bers


We have had a fairly quiet start to the year with just one event so far. We held a Bowing Workshop with Rosemary Macphail presenting a session called

AUSTA Tasmania – upcoming events

AUSTA Tasmania has the following events planned for the coming months.

As registrations open, they will be published under events.


No State found. Unable to provide calendar.