The Barbershop Harmony Society is making some changes to the Society Membership and Associate programs. These changes include both an increase in the base dues as well as the introduction of discounts to incentivize early renewal and online purchases and renewal using the Member Center. The new rates will go into effect for all new memberships starting May 1, 2018 and existing memberships with renewal dates on or after May 1, 2018.
Why now? What will change?
Membership dues for the Barbershop Harmony Society have remained at the same rate for the last 4 years, while inflation and other economic forces have increased the cost of doing business and services provided to our members, associates, and chapters. The Society Board of Directors and staff recognize that we must increase dues revenue in order for the organization to remain financially viable. At the same time, we are introducing discounts so that members and associates have the opportunity to save up to 10% on dues, thereby limiting the impact of the increase. In addition, changes to the Associate program support our Strategic Vision of Everyone in Harmony by offering the same youth and senior discounts to associates as are available to members.
These changes do not impact any current lifetime members and all current senior and youth discounts continue to apply. The changes also do not impact district or chapter dues.
Please read below for complete details on the changes. We have also created a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page with additional information.
Changes to the Society Membership Program
The annual Society dues for a regular member will increase to $144. All existing discounts for youth 25 and under (50% discount off regular dues, with first year free), Seniors (25% discount), Senior Legacy (50% discount), and Harmony Fellows/50+ Year Members (free) remain unchanged. The discounts described below are applied to the new base regular member dues.
A current member who renews on or before his annual membership expiration date will receive a discount of 5% off of annual Society dues. This discount applies to full-year payments and does not apply to members who are paying in installments through EZDues (advance monthly payments).
A current or new member who purchases or renews online will receive a discount of 5% off of annual Society dues. This discount applies to full-year payments and does not apply to members who are paying in installments through EZDues (advance monthly payments).
Please note that a member can qualify for both discounts, so early AND online annual renewal earns a 10% total discount.
Changes to the Society Associate Program
The annual cost for a new or renewing associate will be $90.
A current associate who renews on or before the annual expiration date will receive a discount of 5%.
A current or new associate who joins or renews as an associate online will receive a discount of 5%.
Please note that an associate can qualify for both discounts, so early online AND renewal earns a 10% total discount.
New for the program, associates will be eligible for the same youth and senior discounts as members, which includes:
- Associates age 25 and younger will be eligible for a Youth discount of 50% off of the regular associate rate ($45)
- New associates age 25 and younger will be free for the first year
- Associates age 70+ with 10 or more years of service will be eligible for a Senior discount of 25% off of the regular associate rate ($67.50) Note: Because qualifying for the senior discount requires 10 years of service, the associates 70 and older who have been associates since the program inception in 2009 will qualify upon renewal in 2019.
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