What to Bring
All campers are responsible for their own accommodation and catering, so you should provide your own camping or caravan accommodation and food/drink to cover you for the three day camp, (drinking water is available in the homestead). Don’t forget that Friday night dinner is catered by us and we also provide morning tea (now legendary and a meal in itself!) each day and 24/7 tea and coffee.
Food storage - we suggest a large esky as power to camp sites is very limited, ice can be purchased locally in Meredith.
To take part in the music you will need to bring your instruments.. You will need a capo, spare strings, picks and a tuner, its also a good idea to bring along your tune list or tunes you would like to learn. A picking chair is always advisable as we have limited supply for use in your camp site.
It is also worth noting that our venue is a working farm and we advise all campers that for safety reasons they are only to access the areas we use for the jam camp. In addition to this, and again for safety reasons, the camps are adults only (16+ if accompanied by a responsible adult).
Bookings: To make a booking you should contact us either via email or our contacts page and we will send you full payment details. Registration for the MJC is confirmed on receipt of full payment of the camp fee. As the camp has a limited number of places and books quickly we suggest early registration in order to ensure your place. We would ask that you read our refund policy before making a booking.
Refund Policy: On receipt of your camp fee we will reserve a place for you in your chosen instrument/s and confirm by return email when we have received your payment. Should you need to cancel your booking we will refund your payment only after your place has been resold. This is not usually a problem as we often have a waiting list of people wanting to attend, but the more notice you can give us the better the chance of filling your place.
1. How do I register?
Easy, contact us via our contacts page or email and we will register your interest and send you payment details, registration is complete when we receive your full payment of the camp fee.
2. Can I bring a partner who doesn't want to join in with the music?
Yes, non-picking partners and friends are welcome to stay for the weekend at a reduced cost and can be registered at the same time as yourself.
3. What if I can't attend after I have registered?
Firstly, let us know as soon as possible. We will attempt to fill your place and once resold we will provide you with a full refund of the camp registration fee. This is not usually a problem if sufficient notice is given, but we do not guarantee a refund. The camp is run on a not for profit basis, so your registration fee is a percentage of the actual cost of running the camp, for this reason refunds are only available if your place can be filled.
4. What if the camp is full and I want to register?
To ensure quality for all attendees the camp has a maximum number of places, once these are filled your name is placed on our wait list, should a place become available we will contact you immediately. We run two camps a year and contact all those on our email list and Facebook page months before each camp. Registration opens at this time, so early registration is advisable as the camp books out quickly.
5. Where does my registration fee go?
All our camps are run as not for profit events. Your registration fee is a direct percentage of the cost of running the camp. Our tutors are paid minimal fees for their workshop time and then we cover the costs associated with the venue, water, electricity, catering, promotion and transport. The camps are run to promote involvement in bluegrass music and those who run and/or teach at the camps give the majority of their time free of charge.
6. What if I don't Internet bank?
We do accept cash and cheque. This needs to be arranged with us and we do not recommend sending either through the postal system. We do not accept credit or debit card.
7. Can I arrive early and stay late?
Maybe.. The venue is provided to us from Friday morning at the start of the camp until the Sunday afternoon at the end of the camp, outside of these times the venue is a private home and not usually available for MJC use.
8. Does the camp provide accommodation?
No. All accommodation is by way of caravan, camper trailer or tent, supplied by you. B&B facilities are available in the local area, but it is your responsibility to organise and pay for all accommodation other than BYO camping at the MJC venue.
9. Do you provide powered campsites?
There is a very limited availability of power to campsites. Do not expect power, ensure you are completely self sufficient, esky for food and drink, self powered campsite lighting, touches, etc. the main homestead is well lit at night, the campsites are not.
10. What about showers and Toilets?
Showers and toilets are available to all campers in the main homestead. We ask that you keep these areas clean, remove all your belongings after each use and adopt water saving practices when using the bathrooms.
11. What about food and drink?
At the MJC you need to self cater in your own campsite. You must ensure you bring all your own food, drink and cooking equipment. If you would rather eat out the local pubs are great, although transport is required. MJC will provide a fully catered BBQ on the Friday evening and the now legendary morning teas on Saturday and Sunday, 24/7 tea and coffee is also available. Drinking water can be accessed in the camping areas and in the homestead.
12. Access restrictions
As the venue is a working farm it is not suitable for persons who may find difficulty negotiating uneven ground, slippery surfaces, stairs and standard showers and toilets. Please contact us to discuss your individual requirements.
13. Do age limits apply?
Yes. All persons attending the MJC must be at least 16 years of age, persons under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by a responsible adult. The venue is not suitable for children.
14. Can I bring my dog?
Generally no. As a working farm the venue is not suitable for dogs, please feel free to contact us to discuss your individual needs.
15. Is it just bluegrass music?
Yes. The camp is specifically aimed at bluegrass musicians who wish to further their playing skills. To ensure a focus in this area the camp caters for fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, double bass and dobro pickers, although we do not currently offer dobro workshops.
16. Photographs and audio visual recording?
We would encourage you to take photos and record workshop segments you feel maybe of use to you, but we ask that use of this material respects the privacy of all attending the MJC.
17. I'm going to fly into Victoria, how do I get from the airport?
Airport pick ups can be arranged, but are not guaranteed and may incur additional cost. Please contact us to discuss you individual needs.
18. What if it rains or the weather is bad?
The camps goes ahead in all weathers, please prepare your camping accommodation appropriately.
19. What should I bring to each workshop?
Your instrument, tuner, picks, capo, strap, writing material, the camp booklet, and grab one of the picking chairs provided.
20. What skills do I need to join in?
The camps are suitable for beginners upwards.. Beginners should have some basic instrument skills; these may include the ability to form basic chord shapes and change from one chord to the next, basic instrument knowledge, be able to tune your instrument and have basic tab or music reading skills. Beginners will find themselves involved in a challenging, supportive and rewarding mix of skills and musical improvement. Intermediate players will find they gain invaluable instrument and musical knowledge from our tutors who are all expert musicians, you will also work on improving your soloing, backup and integration with other players in stimulating jam session environments. Advanced players will find the MJC of great value too, but may find that the structured jam sessions and workshops are aimed at a more intermediate level. However, the nightly picking sessions run into the small hours and include everyone.
21. How do I keep up with MJC news?
Become a Meredith Jam Camp Facebook friend, give us your email address and we'll add you to the group, follow the news segments on this webpage or just bump into us at a festival and we'll keep you up to date.
22. What to do with my campsite rubbish?
A limited supply of bins are provided around the camp venue, but we ask that you remove all of your own campsite rubbish and dispose of it appropriately.
23. How do I find the camp venue?
Once you have registered we will contact you with full camp details, these will include directions to the camp venue.
24. I play more this one instrument, how do I organise my workshops?
The camp program is structured in such a way as to allow individuals who wish to attend more than one chosen instrument workshop to do so. We leave this up to your discretion and encourage people to move from one workshop to another if and when they choose. To avoid disruption of classes we do ask that you attend a full workshop session before changing.
Please contact us with any questions you may have..