years under its belt and a list of tremendous achievement behind
it, The Australian Bush Balladeers Association is set to step
into the future with continued commitment – promoting
Australian Bush Balladeers and Bush Ballad music.
The 15 year Achievements
THE BALLADEERS BULLETIN
The Bulletin prints news
items/tour dates/and general activities that artist members
send in. The Bulletin is supported by industry and artist advertising.
The 2004 edition of the Balladeers Bulletin first featured a
gloss colour cover which brought a major change with greater
advertising and sponsors. The Bulletin is put together voluntarily
by Virginia Coad.
The January 2010 edition
saw a full colour Bulletin for the first time. The April Edition
will also be full colour.
“There may be future times when sufficient advertising
is not available, so regardless of whether we have an all colour
edition or have a B/W section, we will always strive for the
best quality presentation for our Association and artists in
every edition.” Peter Coad said.
The site contains information on /Compilation Albums/ Artists
Profiles/Star Quest/ etc. Tour dates/ What’s Happening/
Events etc. There are also a Members profile pages. For more
information on how to be part of the profiles, members may contact
the A.B.B.A. direct or go to www.bushballadeers.com.au/index.htm
Inline with the 2010 Birthday
of the A.B.B.A. Virginia Coad voluntarily redesigned the complete
A.B.B.A. website for a new and more current appearance. The
new site was uploaded January 2010.
Series creates major income for our Association and the album
is paid for by the artist track payments. The income from the
album pays for the ‘Balladeers Remembered Series”
Cd which pays tribute to past pioneers and balladeer members.
These albums are a major
fundraiser for the A.B.B.A. administration, postage, Star Quest
winners promotional costs, etc. Without these albums, the Association
could not run at the level it does. Therefore, the Association
sincerely thanks the artists who come forward every year, putting
their talent and money forward, supporting the Association in
this way, and all those who purchase them. For details go to
The A.B.B.A. would like
to thank the radio presenters who play bush ballad music, for
their tremendous support of the Star Quest winners singles,
and all those who do regular interviews and broadcast nationally
on a monthly basis re the A.B.B.A. activities. Your support
THE BUSH BALLADEER
The Bush Balladeer Star
Quest has run a successful 11 years producing a great array
of talent, many of whom have continued on to make a career in
the bush ballad world.
Unfortunately, the Quest
has now been put on hold through low entries the last couple
of years. The Association feel this is due to there being more
avenues of self promotion now for young artists, which is great
THE QUEST HAS BEEN...
Winners of this Quest received
12 months guidance in the industry and opportunity to perform
on major stages and festivals etc. This was great experience
and gives them a huge amount of exposure to the public and media.
CMAA COLLEGE &
Another initiative by the
Association in 2004 was to sponsor a young balladeer artist
to attend the CMAA Junior Camerata Scholarship every year. The
Association also Sponsors a young bush ballad artist to participate
in the CMAA College Of Music every year.
The CMAA Camerata Scholarship and the CMAA College teach and
provide youngsters valuable industry skills and contacts.
The A.B.B.A. is run by a
voluntary committee. It has been averaged that over a year at
least 2 full days are given every week towards Membership/Website
maintenance/Mailout/Bulletin preparation/organizing albums/Advertising
and Tamworth events.
“The Association is
dedicated to catering for the bush ballad artist,” Peter
Coad (President) said, “The Association has been built
by our hardworking voluntary committees over the last 15 years
with the support of our members, media and industry, and is
continuing to build further infrastructure through the mediums
of internet, radio interviews. I would like to thank our past
and present committee, for their efforts.
In my opinion, the Bush
Ballad industry is the strongest and most popular it has ever
been, and we look forward to building on this in the years ahead.”
15 years on from its official
launch, the Association is a strong, successful, financially
stable organization and one of the Australian Music Industry
success stories, which is still working as hard as ever to promote
Bush Ballad Music and its artists