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Allegro Strings, Peabody Conservatory Preparatory Program

Become a Member

Becoming a NIMAN member means you are joining a nation-wide effort to align the critically important equity and inclusion work in classical music across the country.

Organizational membership dues are 0.00075 of your organization’s annual budget (rounded to nearest $10, up to a cap of $2,500), and pay-what-you-can for organizations with budgets under $300,000. 

Individual membership dues are $100 annually, and $25 for students and young professionals under 30.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, NIMAN has adopted a pay-what-you-can model for all members in 2021, regardless of membership category.

Active Programs

Membership for organizations with active programs that train and support underrepresented instrumentalists with associated human and financial resources

Supporting Organizations

Membership for organizations that engage in equity work but do not have active programs focused on supporting underrepresented instrumentalists

Individuals

Membership for professional musicians, students, educators, music lovers and anyone who is devoted to creating equity for all classical musicians

Membership Benefits

ACTIVE PROGRAM MEMBERS

  • Board nomination and voting privileges;
  • Participation in national program evaluation, outcomes measurement, and other research projects;
  • Access to the NIMAN musician database;
  • Access to sponsored program funding opportunities;
  • Access to group financial benefits such as discounted tuition to national programs or instrument purchases;
  • Access to data reports and study outcomes
  • Access to libraries of recommended readings, studies, and other curated resources;
  • Access to recommended tools, policies, procedures, and best practices;
  • Newsletter and general communications;
  • Invitations and discounts to conferences, performances, and other events;
  • Access to free/discounted consulting, technical assistance, and training opportunities;
  • Use of the name “Member of the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network”

SUPPORTING ORGANIZATION MEMBERS

  • Access to data reports and study outcomes
  • Access to libraries of recommended readings, studies, and other curated information;
  • Access to recommended tools, policies, procedures, and best practices;
  • Newsletter and general communications;
  • Invitations and discounts to conferences, performances, and other events;
  • Access to free/discounted consulting, technical assistance, and training opportunities;
  • Use of the name “Member of the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network”

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS

  • Access to members-only programs and events
  • Access to data reports and study outcomes
  • Access to libraries of recommended readings, studies, and other curated information;
  • Access to recommended tools, policies, procedures, and best practices;
  • Newsletter and general communications;
  • Invitations and discounts to conferences, performances, and other events;
  • Access to free/discounted consulting, technical assistance, and training opportunities;
  • Use of the name “Member of the National Instrumentalist Mentoring and Advancement Network”

Join a Task Force

Artist Mentors

Open for BIPOC professional musicians and educators. Artist Mentors provide mentoring and coaching to young musicians supported by NIMAN. Artist Mentors also provide direct feedback to NIMAN staff and Board of Directors. NIMAN membership is complimentary for any year you serve.

Advisory Council

Open for a diverse group of organizational leaders and musicians to advise NIMAN on a wide range of issues related to building equitable opportunities, dismantling systemic discrimination, and supporting underrepresented musicians of color in the field. NIMAN membership is complimentary for any year you serve.

Member Engagement

Reserved for NIMAN members only. Recruit new members, develop member engagement initiatives, build affinity groups, review membership applications, and generally work to strengthen the value of NIMAN membership.

Nominating and Governance

Reserved for NIMAN members only. Facilitate NIMAN’s board nomination and voting process, recruit new board nominees, review and oversee the by-laws, and provide guidance for best governance practices.

“The launch of NIMAN is an important step in ensuring equitable opportunities for classical musicians of color across their entire learning and career trajectory.

The National Orchestral Institute + Festival is thrilled to join a diverse coalition of institutions to address the inequities head on and demonstrate through partnership how to create a pipeline of success.”

RICHARD SCERBO, DIRECTOR, NATIONAL ORCHESTRAL INSTITUTE + FESTIVAL

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