Why Join Us

What are the benefits of Membership?

Professional enhancement and development

  • National conferences offer performance and conducting skills, pedagogy and concerts from local and international artists together with information resources.
  • State and regional master classes or workshops in all areas of performance, repertoire, teaching pedagogy, conducting, music technology and the making of stringed musical instruments.
  • Student performance opportunities solo and group.
  • Supporting scholarships, prizes and awards for string students with local and national Australian institutions such as the AMEB and Young Performers Awards.

Information services and networking

  • Subscription to AUSTA’s national journal, Stringendo
  • Regular state emails and/or newsletters
  • Online information, members-only certificated online training in music technology and membership forms through its website www.austa.asn.au
  • Networking through national and state events and music advocacy.

Financial benefits

  • Reduced rates of admission to all AUSTA functions.
  • AUSTA Chapters regularly negotiate commercial discounts on concerts, events and materials.
  • Reduced advertising rates in Stringendo and other AUSTA publications.
  • Information and discounts for Strad Magazine subscriptions, Australian String Quartet concerts, Musica Viva concerts and international events. Regular trade display opportunities for publishers, music houses and instrument makers at conferences and workshops.
  • EBM Coverlink Insurance Partnership: AUSTA members can access an exclusive insurance offer from EBM Coverlink Insurance & Risk. This offer applies whether your instrument is at home or in transit and includes:
    • 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.
    • More information HERE
  • Southeast Asia Music Academy Online (SEA Music Academy Online) Partnership:
    • AUSTA members can access an exclusive 20% discount to all SEA Music Academy Online courses, recordings and the upcoming conference!
    • More information HERE

Broader connections

  • Professional liaison with organisations such as the Australian Society for Music Education (ASME), the American String Teachers Association (ASTA), the European String Teachers Association (ESTA), the Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association (ABODA), Dalcroze, the Australian String Quartet (ASQ), Musica Viva, Colourstrings, Suzuki Talent Education, the Australian National Academy of Music, Australian Bass Workshops, most professional Australian orchestras, the Australian Youth Orchestra, the Australia & New Zealand Viola Society (ANZVS), International Viola Society, Symphony Orchestra Musicians Association (SOMA), Southeast Asia Music Academy Online (SEA Music Academy Online) and the Music Council of Australia.
  • A unified approach for music advocacy in conjunction with ASME and Music Australia.

Who joins AUSTA?

  • Professional string players
  • Amateur string players
  • Schools and institutions music departments
  • University music departments
  • String teachers
  • Students of string instruments
  • Conductors and orchestras
  • Makers and repairers of stringed instruments
  • String enthusiasts