Area 7

Minnesota - North Dakota - South Dakota - Wisconsin - Manitoba

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Guild Membership

Membership

The Handbell Musicians of America is a not-for-profit association providing valuable educational resources and events for handbell/handchime ringers and directors.  The organization began in 1954 with 46 charter members and has grown to the current 9700+ members; representing churches, schools, community organizations, and individuals.  The number of ringers represented through members is over 150,000.

Membership is open to anyone interested in the art of handbell/handchime ringing.

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There are many opportunities for you to share your time and handbell enthusiasm:

  1. Consider being a District Leader.  Contact someone on the Board to discuss your options.
  2. Complete and submit a Ringer / Director Survey to indicate your interests.

Keep your membership active, and actively participate in your membership.

Membership Benefits

Benefits

  • Multiple courses of study tailored to special interests at the Directors' Seminar.
  • Performance royalties for all music played at your Guild endorsed event.
  • Voting privileges in local, area and national elections.
  • Toll free Handbell Hotline - (800) 878-5459

Publications

  • Clapper Chatter - Area 7 quarterly newsletter
  • Overtones - National bi-monthly journal

Area and National Events

  • Annual National Festival Conference in two locations
  • Bi-annual Area 7 Festival Conference
  • Bi-annual Area 7 Young Ringers Conference
  • Area 7 Repertoire reading sessions
  • Technique workshops
  • Massed ringing
  • Master classes
  • Fellowship with other handbell enthusiasts
  • Classes on all subjects relating to handbells and handchimes

Membership Categories

The following membership categories are available.  Please refer to the Join the Guild web page for due amounts.

Regular

All membership privileges for organizations or individuals.

Ringer

Must be affiliated with a choir of a regular member.

Senior Citizen

May not represent an organization or bring a choir to events.  This is a personal (not group) membership.

Student

Send copy of current student ID when applying/renewing.  May not represent an organization or bring a choir to events.  This is a personal (not group) membership.

Sterling

Includes regular membership and tax deductible donation to The Endowment Fund.

Platinum

Includes regular membership and tax deductible donation to The Endowment Fund.

Business

Includes Regular Membership to the Guild and the Handbell Industry Council.

The above membership categories are available to persons residing in Canada.  Canadian members please add $15 to all membership categories to cover additional postage.

Overseas Membership:

The Overseas Membership is available at three levels of service, dependent upon publication materials sent and method of delivery.  Since the rate for delivery differs from country to country, please contact the Guild office for postage rates to your address.  Please choose Plan A, or B when signing up for your membership.

  • Plan A - Overseas Membership: Overtones mailed at "printed matter" rate.  Delivery will take from a few days to a few weeks, depending on where you live.
  • Plan B - Overseas Membership: Overtones mailed at "first class" rate.  Delivery will take from a few days to several days, depending on where you live.

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