Over the past seventy-five years, the Music Library Association (MLA) has become the world’s leading association for music information professionals. It has grown into a dynamic organization numbering over 1,800 music librarians, publishers, educators, and others interested in music and performing arts information.
Why donate to MLA? Take the word of our members!
Maintaining MLA’s position as the leader in the field requires an ongoing commitment. Our mission is to train new music information professionals, provide assistance with research, publish material relevant to the field, and present diverse speakers at conferences in order to enhance the knowledge of our members. To help meet these goals, the Orpheus Society and the Ostinato Club were formed in 2010 to serve as the focus of the association's fundraising efforts. Designation as a member of one or more of these giving circles is based on donations or pledges made during the Association’s annual dues renewal cycle, and is not cumulative. Donations to these initiatives can be targeted toward any of MLA’s existing funds—the MLA Fund, the RILM Endowment Fund, the Awards Funds (e.g., Gerboth; Publications; Freeman)—or can be unrestricted and used wherever the need is greatest. The Association recognizes the generosity of MLA members who can donate annually at a significant level, or who wish to, or can pledge donations to be made over a given period of time.
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We invite your annual gift or pledge to The Orpheus Society at the following levels:
FOUNDER'S LEVEL: $2,500+
PRESIDENT'S LEVEL: $1,000 +
In recognition of your generosity, all members will receive an Orpheus Society ribbon at the annual conference. In addition, PRESIDENT'S LEVEL members are invited to the Donors Reception with the MLA President during any given annual conference. FOUNDER'S LEVEL members are invited to the Donors Reception with the MLA President during any given annual conference, and will be acknowledged during the business meeting at the annual conference.
The Ostinato Club is a giving circle for those MLA members who would like to donate to the Association on a monthly, quarterly, or biannual, basis. Regular monthly payments may be made by credit card, in any amount starting at $10.00 per month, and may be directed to any of MLA’s endowment funds, or be designated as an unrestricted gift. Members of the Ostinato Club who donate $250.00 are invited to the Donors Reception with the MLA President during any given annual conference.
This membership category, double the individual member rate ($200 for FY2010–2011), produces additional revenue for the Association which helps to bolster its operating budget in many ways. Revenues earned help to cover the expense of increasing the MLA Web site functionality, paying our Fidelity investment advisory fee, and supporting the Publicity Officer’s travel to exhibit at various conferences. All these initiatives help to support MLA’s program in outreach, financial sustainability, and impact.
CORPORATE MEMBERSHIP PROGRAM
MLA has always maintained a strong relationship with various music publishers, vendors, and service providers. To continue this legacy, we invite you to become a Corporate Member of MLA. There are many advantages of joining MLA at this level.
Corporate Patrons receive the following discounts:
25% off the charge for renting the MLA mailing list
20% off all advertising and exhibit fees
200 lbs of drayage/table
Corporate Members receive the following discounts:
10% off mailing list rentals and all advertising and exhibit fees
100 lbs. of drayage/table
Corporate members and patrons are included in our donor lists on the MLA website, with a link to the corporation’s own website, and also receive preferential locations in the exhibit area at the annual conference. There is a different appearance to the corporate member table(s) to indicate their special status, e.g., a different colored skirting or bunting for their table(s). Signs for their tables, as well as the exhibitor list in the annual conference program, indicate that they are corporate members or patrons, and ribbons are attached to their nametags to denote their status.