Your Contributions at Work
from Jennifer Cauhorn
You are the reason Handbell Musicians of America exists. You are at the heart of our mission to further the art of handbell and handchime ringing through education, community and communication. Each year, we work to improve and enhance the benefits and resources available to you as a member of HMA. To continue that support and the development of new tools, your contributions to our annual campaign are essential.
Consider how your gifts have made a difference by helping to fund the following projects:
The College Ring-In
This event for college musicians and those recently graduated is designed to encourage this group to continue their participation in the handbell community beyond their college years. Registration fees are kept low to fit the student budget and are not enough to cover the basic expenses of the event. Additional funding comes from your charitable gifts and sponsorships from the community choirs in our organization
New Member Extras
In an effort to engage more of our ringing musicians who have joined HMA with the sub-membership option, the national staff created a new section on our members-only website, called Member Extras: ‘Specially for Ringers. This section offers games, activities, resources, and tips designed for the ringing musician. New content is added on a regular basis to keep this area fresh and engaging. Your gifts help
National Seminar Live Streaming
For the past two years, we have been pleased to offer live-streaming of the concert performances presented at National Seminar. This has brought a new audience to National Seminar and given those who are not able to attend in person the opportunity to enjoy these concerts by some of the best performers in the handbell community. Your contributions make live-streaming possible.
Handbell Musician Certification Instructor Accreditation
The Handbell Musician Certification program was introduced to our membership in 2011 and had just one instructor for each course topic offered. As the program has grown and evolved, and more of our membership chooses to seek certification, the need for additional instructors has become essential. Because of your gifts, we were able to offer instructor accreditation, with no registration fee, for 23 candidates through our annual Area Leadership Training event in November. We now have enough instructors accredited and available to teach Handbell Musician Certification in any Area in our organization.
How to Help
Membership dues cover just our basic operational expenses. In order to continue offering robust resources, educational events, Overtones, and other member benefits; or to develop new services and tools for all handbell musicians, additional contributions are needed. While gifts of any amount are welcomed, consider how donations to the general fund can support our mission:
- $50 helps with the creation of a new resource or activity in Member Extras
- $100 funds Tips & Tools in one issue of Overtones
- $150 supports the development of a new online education resource
- $180 provides registration for two college students to attend the College Ring-In
- $500 will help us develop our new “event-in-a-box” library allowing members to present events in their own community
- $1500 supports faculty honorarium for a Handbell Musician Certification workshop.