2020 Membership Pricing Change

Recently, the Guild’s board convened a Membership Task Force to examine the membership model for our Full and Education Affiliate members. Based on the Task Force’s recommendations—and in the spirit of making Guild membership more equitable and accessible to a broader range of organizations—as of 1/1/2020, we are implementing a new dues pricing structure for arts education organizations. We are excited to be taking this step towards more authentically aligning our practices with our core values, particularly the values of equity and community. 


The changes to go into effect are as follows:

  1. We are doing away with pricing tiers. For our Full and Education Affiliate members, membership fees are now based on a consistent 0.075% of your annual operating budget (rounded to the nearest $10, and up to a maximum of $2,500). This .075% is an average of what organizations have been paying—by eliminating the tiers, we are establishing a fairer fee structure across the board.
  2. For organizations with budgets under $300,000, we are instituting a “pay what you can” model. This change is made to better support the growth of smaller and emerging organizations, while encouraging them to take full advantage of what the Guild has to offer.


To organizations who have thought about joining the Guild but found the past pricing structure challenging, we hope that this allows you to take advantage of our member benefits: access to resources, free online learning, regular bulletins and publications, discounts to our upcoming conference in New York City from November 18-21, 2020, and much more! Feel free to reach out to membership@nationalguild.org if you have any questions.

To our current members, we recognize that while this shift means that some organizations will pay less than before, some will pay more. If you have a dues increase that you believe would prove challenging for your organization this coming year, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us at membership@nationalguild.org. Our team will work with you to come up with a solution.


We are making these changes in order to better deliver on our missionto ensure that all people have opportunities to maximize their creative potential. Thank you for being part of the powerful community that makes this possible every day!