The Australasian Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association (ABOTMA) has announced that memberships for the 2013 year are now open and on sale.
ABOTMA Inc founded in Harrietville on 27 April 2013, at the site where, for more than 20 years, musicians have gathered to play and share music at the foot of the Snowy Mountains of Northern Victoria.ABOTMA has commenced building affiliations with bluegrass & old-time music organisations, teachers, and performers within the region and internationally, and in particular with the USA where these music forms originated. Over time, an Australasian ‘flavour’ will no doubt develop as the music evolves through local influences.
The broad mission of ABOTMA Inc. is to support the teaching, performance, and promotion of bluegrass & old-time music. This includes:
- sponsoring and coordinating workshops, masterclasses, and music seminars
- organising performances by bands and solo artists in urban and rural concerts and festivals
- awarding scholarships and prizes for achievements in bluegrass & old-time music
- cooperating and collaborating with affiliated music organisations.
Anyone is welcome to become a member and take an active role in contributing to the Association and its activities.
Tickets to the first Mountaingrass Festival in Harrietville (22nd – 24th Nov 2013) will be on sale soon. Discount tickets to the event will be available to ABOTMA Members through the ABOTMA Website. The program directors are finalising the Mountaingrass program in the coming weeks and this will be announced soon.