Stringmania acknowledges the traditional custodianship of Country across Australia and the Torres Strait Islands. We acknowledge in particular the Wurundjeri people as traditional custodians of the land upon which Stringmania Camp takes place. We honour and respect their ongoing cultural and spiritual connection to Country. We pay our respects to the Elders both past, present and future for they hold the memories, the traditions, the culture and hopes of Indigenous Australians.

Stringmania thanks  Bill and Dianne Sides

Stringmania Scholarship Fund

A scholarship fund (started with a single donor in 2016) has been created for future years, with opportunities such as our annual silent auction for all campers to contribute to if you wish during the week.

If you are interested in supporting the Stringmania Scholarship Fund, to help us support players who would otherwise find it difficult to attend, please get in touch via

© Fidel Monk Photography 

© Fidel Monk Photography 

Partial Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2019 are now closed with all offers communicated to applicants. This year, we are pleased to announce that we have awarded a grand total of 24 partial scholarships to musicians of all ages and levels from every state and mainland territory in Australia!


Partial scholarships are awarded on the basis of financial need and demonstrated interest in traditional music. Travel expenses and costs incurred by having multiple family members attend the camp is considered. You need not be an accomplished musician to apply; awards are made to applicants of all ages and abilities to assist with camp costs. All applications are considered.

Scholarship recipients are encouraged (although not required) to perform for the assembled camp at times throughout the week. You can choose to play solo or in combination with other scholarship students, campers or instructors. Scholarship recipients may also meet periodically during the week to plan events and assist with various camp needs. 

Yarra Ranges Scholarship

Thanks to a small grant from the Yarra Ranges Council in 2018, we were able to offer a place at camp to one young, local musician Acarya. We enjoyed having her at camp so much that we decided to quarantine a portion of our scholarship fund each year for Yarra Ranges locals of any age. This year, we are pleased to offer a subsidised place to another young Yarra Ranges musician!

"I attended Stringmania in 2018 at 13 years of age, with the assistance of the Scholarship from the Yarra Ranges Shire. Stringmania was an amazing experience for me. I am a passionate violinist with a love for traditional Scottish music, so Stringmania was like a dream come true! I was instructed by talented tutors from all over the world, and the scholarship enabled this to happen. It helped me to gain confidence in learning to play by ear, to play with other musicians and to connect with great people. I am incredibly grateful for the experience and feel inspired by my week surrounded by musicians who are so passionate and willing to share their knowledge."

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The Judy Turner Scholarship

The Judy Turner Scholarship is a full camp scholarship named in honour of Judy Turner, founder of the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club and its director from 1995 till 2011. Judy formed and led the first Stringmania committee in 2015 culminating in a highly successful event in 2016. This scholarship acknowledges her significant and ongoing contributions to the Australian folk music scene, through not only her own musical forays, but her support of young and emerging artists who will continue folk music traditions into the future. The awardee for this scholarship is selected each year based on demonstrated commitment and contribution to strengthening folk music in Australia. The full Judy Turner Scholarship will be awarded by Judy to one person.

2019 Judy Turner Scholarship

2019 – Caleb

Caleb Anderson is a passionate young Celtic musician from Melbourne. At the age of five, Caleb sat watching the Melbourne Scottish Fiddlers play at the National Celtic Festival and declared that he would learn the fiddle and play with the group. He has never looked back. He has played in many festivals and concerts around Victoria, and travelled with the Melbourne Scottish Fiddle Club to Scotland and the Shetland Islands where he attended workshops and concerts. Caleb was also a part of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Melbourne, 2016 where he played with the club and Hjaltibonhoga. Caleb has been part of two CDs with the Club, and is also a member of the ‘Out of Hand Band’, a five piece Celtic ensemble.

Past Judy Turner Scholarship Recipients

2018 - Luisa

Thank-you so so much for the scholarship to Stringmania. I had such an awesome time and enjoyed every moment of it. All of the tutors from around the globe were so friendly and amazing. They taught great tunes and made lessons really fun and interesting. The camp was a great place to stay for a week and the whole atmosphere was so great it just made me smile all the time. It was a great way to spend the last week of the holidays. I loved all of the tunes we learnt but my favourite was one in 13 that was taught to us by Jaron from Canada. He was very funny and taught us really interesting tunes from all over the world. I loved staying up until three in the morning playing tunes and talking to people from different countries. I am really happy that I got to go to Stringmania, I really enjoyed it and I am very grateful for this opportunity you gave me.

2017 - Bob McInnes

The 2017 Judy Turner Scholarship was awarded to a legend of the Australian folk scene – fiddler, horticulturalist, humourist and story teller Bob McInnes. A well-known bush fiddler from the bush revival in the 1960s (The Wild Colonial Boys) Bob was born in Walcha in country NSW. He maintains he started playing Scottish fiddle when there was no one else doing it in Australia, and he has inspired and encouraged generations of fiddlers including Chris Duncan and Chris Stone. Bob can be guaranteed to make any party more fun with his table top renditions of old music hall songs.