George Kerferd Hotel, Mayday Hills, Beechworth


ABOTMA was founded in Harrietville on 27 April 2013, at the site where, for more than 20 years, musicians had gathered to play and share music at the foot of Mount Hotham in the Victorian Alps at the annual Harrietville Bluegrass and Traditional Country Music Convention.

When the Convention ceased in 2012,  ABOTMA was formed to continue organising an annual Mountaingrass festival at Harrietville with festivals held from 2013-2017. In 2018 the festival will be held for the first time at Mayday Hills, Beechworth, Victoria.

The broad mission of ABOTMA is to support the teaching, performance, and promotion of bluegrass & American old-time music in Australia. This involves:

  • running the annual Mountaingrass festival which offers a wide range of workshops in aspects of Bluegrass and old-time music as well as concerts showcasing US acts and the best Australian performers;
  • awarding an annual Young Performer scholarship to assist a young performer or band to attend the annual Mountaingrass festival;
  • working with other music organisations in order to promote Bluegrass and Old Time music in Australia.

ABOTMA is a member of IBMA, the International Bluegrass Music Association, the peak body for Bluegrass music in the world.

ABOTMA Executive


Evan Webb

Vice President

Jen Land


Helen Ludellen


Susan Boothroyd




Anyone is welcome to become a member of ABOTMA and take an active role in contributing to the Association and its activities.

Volunteer to help at this year's Mountaingrass Festival - click here for details.


Memberships are valid for one year from the date of subscription.

A reminder email will be sent to the email address you have used to sign up.

Member Benefits

A discounted ticket for Mountaingrass 2018 in recognition for your support towards the staging of an annual Australasian bluegrass and old time music festival. When you renew your membership you will receive your discount code to be used when buying your festival ticket(s). If you do not receive your code please email us at

Members receive a regular newsletter and their membership 'supports the staging of an annual bluegrass and old time music festival in Australasia'

Access to ABOTMA membership benefits with IBMA including Priority Access and discounts on IBMA events including the World of Bluegrass.

Complimentary music baggage allowance with Virgin Airlines


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For any queries or questions please let us know immediately and we'll be happy to help!