get rewarded when you spread the joy of singing!
The Person of Note Award, formerly The Man of Note Award, is a long-standing tradition of the Barbershop Harmony Society to honor current members who introduce new people to barbershop. For every member referred, the Society presents a pin in the shape of a music note inscribed with the number of new members sponsored.
In recognition of the Everyone In Harmony vision that welcomed all persons to be members, regardless of gender, this honor has been rechristened the Person of Note Award. It’s no surprise that member referrals are the most popular reason given from new members for how they heard about BHS (at 40% of the responses).
We’d like to challenge YOU to continue the efforts of growing our singing family!
Between December 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020 (yes, the leap year gives you a whole extra day to recruit!), we will be holding a Person of Note Campaign.
If you refer a member to BHS and they list you as their Person of Note, in addition to your pin, you will receive $10 OFF your membership renewal! In fact, for EVERY member you refer during this time period, you will receive $10 off your membership renewal. Easy enough!
The maximum discount amount is up to one year of your Society dues and your name must be entered upon the initial sign up of the new member (whether online or through paper application). For more specifics on the details of the campaign, including instructions on how to name a Person of Note, please see the FAQs below.
We will also have a surprise award for each of the top three members who refer the most people to join during the campaign!
We want to reward our members for helping grow the Society as a whole. Singing with our friends and the community we build is WHY we continue to sing in this amazing hobby of ours!
Frequently Asked Questions
What is a Person of Note Award?
The Person of Note Award, formerly The Man of Note Award, is a long-standing tradition of the Barbershop Harmony Society to honor current members who introduce new people to barbershop. For every member referred, the Society presents a pin in the shape of a music note inscribed with the number of new members sponsored. In recognition of the Everyone In Harmony vision that welcomed all persons to be members, regardless of gender, this honor has been rechristened the Person of Note Award.
Do I get a pin for EVERY member I refer?
Currently pins are issued for every Person of Note up to the first twenty! Once you refer twenty new members, pins are issued for every 5 Person of Note awards (25, 30, 35, etc.).
How long will this campaign last?
This campaign will last from December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020. New members must sign up in this time period and add your name to their Person of Note on their membership application.
A new member signed up with BHS and listed me as their Person of Note on October 31, 2019. Will this count toward this campaign?
No, only new members who join from December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020 and list a Person of Note will count toward this campaign.
I referred a new member earlier this year and they forgot to add me as their Person of Note -- can I add them now and get included in this campaign?
We are so glad that you referred a new member, and if you have that member contact Customer Service, our team will be happy to add their Person of Note to the record. This will count towards your Person of Note pins, but unfortunately, only new members signed up during the campaign period (December 1, 2019 - February 29, 2020) will count towards the membership dues discount.
How does a new member list me as a Person of Note?
New members can sign up here and must list your name as their Person of Note on page two of their member application.
What if the new member signs up online or is added by a chapter leader on members.barbershop.org?
Even if a member is signed up using our digital application, they will get the option to add a Person of Note during the signup process. Here is the tutorial for new members who join the Society (and a District) online. Here is a tutorial for chapter officers adding new members online. When the chapter initiates the process, an email is sent to the member to finish the application and includes the option to add a Person of Note.
When will my discount be awarded? How do I apply it to my renewal payment?
At the end of the campaign in early March 2020, the BHS Customer Service Team will email you a discount code that corresponds to the number of Person of Note Awards you received, anywhere from one member referral ($10) and up to one year of your BHS dues. You will be allowed to use that code when you pay for your upcoming renewal. This code will expire on 2/28/2021 - one year after the end of the campaign.
I just renewed my dues in October. Can I use the coupon to get a refund?
According to the bylaws, dues are fully earned when paid, so a refund will not be issued for payments already made. However, the coupon code doesn’t expire for one year from the issue date, so it can be used for next year’s annual dues.
I renew in January each year, should I wait to renew until the campaign is over?
We don’t recommend waiting to renew your dues as you will lose the benefit of on-time discounts. And, if you wait too long, your 30-day grace period will run out and you’ll need to reinstate (which can include more paperwork or fees). However, the coupon code doesn’t expire for one year from the issue date, so it can be used for next year’s annual dues.
If I use this coupon code, am I still eligible for the online and on time discounts?
Yes! You can still receive 5% off for renewing online and an additional 5% off for renewing on time -- these discounts are off the Society portion of your dues. The percentages are figured automatically first; then, this coupon code can be added to take off the additional amount. The maximum total awarded cannot exceed the amount of your Society dues portion.
Does this offer apply to me if I’m paying with EZDues?
Since EZDues members pay their dues in advance in monthly installments, we’ve come up with a different prize to honor your referrals. Members on EZDues will be awarded $10 to the Harmony Marketplace for each referral, up to the value of your current Society dues. The same guidelines apply and the coupon code will similarly be granted at the end of the campaign period.
I am an Associate of BHS. Can new members list me as their Person of Note? Will I receive a discount?
Yes! Associates are eligible to receive a Person of Note Award. However, Person of Note awards are not given for recruiting an Associate. So, you can receive a discount off your annual Associate dues (or you could use that discount to upgrade to Member status).
I have been trying to get an expired member to reinstate with the Society. If they come back, do I receive a Person of Note for them?
Yes! As long as that person has not been a member of the Society for at least two years, you may receive a Person of Note for bringing them back and they will count towards the membership dues discount.
Will my chapter and district still get the same amount of money from my membership payment?
Yes! The discount is only on the Society’s portion of your membership dues. It will not affect the amount the Society pays out to your chapter and district.