String Industry Council

In 1997, ASTA created the String Industry Council to foster collaborative partnerships between industry and association members. Since then, the Council has grown to include nearly 200 organizations worldwide representing every facet of the strings industry. Support from Council members has played a vital role in the growth and development of the strings profession and has created dynamic and vibrant partnerships that support both industry and education. Council membership dues are based on an organization's annual sales and start at just $225 per year! For more information regarding Council membership, including pricing and benefits, download the String Industry Council brochure at the bottom of this page.

Council members offer a wealth of products and services--some at discounted rates for ASTA members. Use the link below to explore all that the Council has to offer!

Search the String Industry Council Directory.

Products and Services Categories

  • Auction Services
  • Bows
  • Festivals and Workshops
  • Instrument, Accessory & Manufacturer Wholesaler
  • Instrument, Accessory & Music Sales
  • Instrument Maker/Dealer
  • Instrument Rentals
  • Instrument Repairs
  • Magazine/Book Publisher
  • Music Education
  • Music Publishers
  • Music Tours
  • Symphony & Orchestra

Benefits for Council Members

Advertising Discounts
Council members receive discounted rates on advertising in the quarterly American String Teacher journal. Organizations also have the benefit of citing their Council membership in advertising and promotional literature.

Exhibit Opportunities
Special discounts on exhibit space and exclusive opportunities for the Music Industry Showcases are available for Council members at ASTA national conferences.

Promotional Opportunities
Council members have the opportunity to take part in award programs and competitions that promote industry products and services. These programs, which are implemented through the National Foundation to Promote String Teaching and Playing, currently include the Potter's Violin Instrument Awards and the CodaBows for America Community Outreach Program.

Website Listing
Council membership includes a listing in the searchable directory on the String Industry Council page of the ASTA website. Your organization is listed under all applicable categories with contact information, including email and website links.

Directory Listing
Council membership includes a listing in the annual String Industry Council Directory, printed every August in the American String Teacher journal.

Council members stay informed through subscriptions to American String Teacher, ASTA eNews, and the newsletter from your state chapter of ASTA.

Advertising Discounts
Discounted rates on advertising in the American String Teacher journal. Members receive a 15 percent discount! Your company also has the benefit of citing your ASTA membership in advertising and promotional literature. Web advertising opportunities also available.

Exhibit Opportunities
Deeply discounted members-only pricing on exhibit space and the opportunity to present a Music Industry Showcase session at the ASTA national conference. Non-members are not permitted to present showcase sessions.

Mailing Lists
A significant 33 percent discount on renting the ASTA mailing list. Mailing lists may be customized to certain professions, instruments, or states depending on your company’s target market.

Social Networking
ASTA provides updates on the association and other string news through Twitter and Facebook.

To join the Council, please download the String Industry Council brochure, below, or contact membership at 703-279-2113 or

Download a membership brochure.