SFEMS Affiliate Membership
The Society’s Affiliate Program is intended to facilitate the development of individuals and groups devoted to increasing public appreciation of early music, in accordance with the Society’s articles of incorporation and mission statement.
The applicant for affiliate status must be an individual or organization that shares the aims of the Society. Minimally, this implies a commitment to “music . . . for educational purposes,” as stated in the Society’s articles of incorporation. Further desirable characteristics include:
- emphasis on performance and/or instruction
- commitment to an historically-informed approach
- intention to operate on a not-for-profit basis
The applicant must have a clear, demonstrated capacity to perform the proposed project
(whether one-time or ongoing) at a level of high professional quality, evidenced preferably
by the track record of the organization or of the individual participants.
The applicant must also demonstrate the capacity to administer the project and make
required reports to the Society and to other agencies.
The applicant must demonstrate a clear need for the Society’s support and should
simultaneously pursue other, complementary avenues of achieving its goals.
The applicant must be based within 180 miles of San Francisco.
BENEFITS OF AFFILIATE STATUS
The affiliate will be eligible, as determined on a case-by-case basis, to:
- use the Society’s corporate and tax-exempt status to facilitate the solicitation of
public grants and private donations
- obtain liability insurance certificates at a nominal cost
- maintain presence on and linkage from the Society’s Web site
- use the Society’s non-profit bulk mailing permit
- use the Society’s mailing list (at cost)
- place advertising inserts in the Society’s newsletter and other mailings (at cost)
- receive assistance in selecting dates and times for performances and other events
in order to avoid conflicts with previously scheduled events.
- The affiliate may also apply to the Society for consulting services in a variety of
areas, to be made available from time to time at cost: planning, organization, finance,
accounting, administration, development and fund raising, audience development,
booking and tour arrangements, house management, and box office services.
OBLIGATIONS OF AFFILIATE STATUS
The affiliate must comply with all of the terms of the
letter of agreement,
including reporting, fees, and waiver of liability. It is particularly important that
the affiliate understand that, according to law, all funds received under the Society’s
auspices are held and deployed at the Society’s discretion and may not be earmarked
by the donor. Notwithstanding the donor’s specific designations, the Society retains
ultimate discretion over all such funds and will release them for affiliate use only
against evidence that the project is progressing as agreed.
The Society expects that, given the closeness of the affiliate’s purposes to those
of the Society, all participants of the affiliate will maintain active membership in
the Society. For large affiliates, special membership rates may be arranged.
Applications should be in writing and, among other things, should address such issues
as the goals and duration of the project, the background of the key organizers and
participants, administrative and financial capabilities, and details of relevant
previous activities. Supporting materials might include an audio or video recording,
a notice of an upcoming event or performance, press releases and reviews, and an
invitation to a rehearsal.
Applications should be mailed to SFEMS,
P.O. Box 27495, San Francisco, CA 94127-0495.
They will be reviewed and voted on by the Society’s Board of Directors, whose decision
Following approval by the Board, affiliate status will become effective upon
receipt by the Society of the signed letter of agreement, accompanied by a check
for the required administrative fee as well as by membership applications from those
affiliate participants who are not currently members of the Society.
For further information about SFEMS affiliates, contact us.
Last updated 02/17/2010.