WHAT DOES ABODA DO ?
ABODA provides a valuable and reliable network both on a State and National level.
The organisation operates in-services and clinics on a regular basis, including the annual summer conducting schools. ABODA conducts a national conference (ANBOC) bi-annually, with a State conference occurring every other year. Internationally-renowned conductors and clinicians are used at these events.
The NSW Branch publishes a quarterly newsletter, "Conducting Notes". Our newsletter contains information about local issues, concerts, reviews, visits and in-services. National ABODA also publishes a newsletter, dealing with national and international issues and interests.
HOW DOES ABODA OPERATE ?
ABODA was founded in 1985. The organisation is made up of over 800 members Australia-wide, including over 150 in New South Wales. State Branches also operate in Victoria, Queensland and Western Australia. Representatives from each State Branch form the National Executive. National ABODA formulates broad policy and maintains important links with overseas organisations, including the Asia Pacific Band Directors Association (APBDA), the National Band Association (NBA) and the World Association of Symphonic Bands and Ensembles (WASBE).
Membership subscriptions are the main source of revenue for ABODA. A percentage of each membership goes to National ABODA. Sponsorship is sought for specific events and advertising plays an important part in the operation of the newsletters. ABODA membership is fully tax deductible for personal enrolments, however many schools and community groups choose to contribute for their ensemble directors' enrolment.