Stringmania Scholarship Fund
A scholarship fund (started with a single donor in 2016) has been created for future years. Funds are largely raised through our annual in-camp silent auction which we invite campers to participate in if they are in a position to do so. We have also been lucky enough to receive a number of anonymous donations over the years.
If you are interested in donating to the Stringmania Scholarship Fund and helping us support players who would otherwise find it difficult to attend, please get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Scholarship applications for 2020 have been extended and now close June 30.
This decision has been made in light of these challenging times. While we practice caution and keep our eyes on health policy changes, we are cautiously optimistic that the 2020 camp will go ahead with some adaptations.
We are proud that in 2019 we were able to award 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 sharing traditional music. Travel expenses and costs incurred by having multiple family members attend the camp are 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 and provide an opportunity for musical growth the may not otherwise have been possible. All applications are considered, and all applicants will now be notified by July 15.
Scholarship recipients are encouraged (although not required) to perform for the assembled camp at various times throughout the week. You can choose to play solo or in combination with other scholarship recipients, campers or instructors. Scholarship awardees may also meet periodically during the week to plan events and assist with various camp needs.
Download application info here.
Yarra Ranges Scholarship
Elijah was our 2019 Yarra Ranges Scholarship recipient. We enjoyed having Elijah and his dad at Stringmania, both of whom proudly represented their local community of Yarra Junction.
Thanks to a small grant from the Yarra Ranges Council in 2018, we were able to offer a place at camp to a young, local musician from Warburton. We enjoyed having Acarya at camp so much that we decided to quarantine a portion of our scholarship fund each year for a Yarra Ranges local of any age.
"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, not only through her own musical forays, but through her support of young and emerging artists who will continue folk music traditions into the future. The awardee for this full scholarship is personally selected by Judy each year and is based on demonstrated commitment and contribution to strengthening folk music in Australia.
Past Judy Turner Scholarship Recipients
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.
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.