Why Join?

Membership in Handbell Musicians of America…

  • Gives you opportunities to connect and form life-long friendships with other handbell musicians.
  • Provides you with unparalleled access to opportunities for learning from the most innovative, talented and knowledgeable people in the art.
  • Makes you an integral part of an organization that is THE principal voice of the handbell/handchime art form and is dedicated to advancing the art through education, community and communication.

We can do together what no one can do alone.

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Membership Categories and Benefits

Sub-Membership*

$10/year
  • Voting privileges
  • Print copy of Overtones
  • Online only Overtones
  • Access to online resources
  • Take a choir or choirs from your organization to events at member-discount pricing
  • Attend individual-focused events at member discount (i.e. Distinctly Bronze, Master Series)
  • Exhibit at Guild events
  • For 65+ not actively directing or leading a handbell/handchime program
  • Access to scholarships and grants
  • Access to chime loan programs
  • Access to mentoring programs
  • Access to Priority Music Club
  • Return $10 rebate to your Area
  • Return $5 rebate to your Area
  • E-Notes, Member-Notes, and Member-Chats
  • Your own login & password to access online resources
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Full-time Student

$30/year
  • Voting privileges
  • Print copy of Overtones
  • Online only Overtones
  • Access to online resources
  • Take a choir or choirs from your organization to events at member-discount pricing
  • Attend individual-focused events at member discount (i.e. Distinctly Bronze, Master Series)
  • Exhibit at Guild events
  • For 65+ not actively directing or leading a handbell/handchime program
  • Access to scholarships and grants
  • Access to chime loan programs
  • Access to mentoring programs
  • Access to Priority Music Club
  • Return $10 rebate to your Area
  • Return $5 rebate to your Area
  • E-Notes, Member-Notes, and Member-Chats
  • Your own login & password to access online resources
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Retired Handbell Musician**

$65/year
  • Voting privileges
  • Print copy of Overtones
  • Online only Overtones
  • Access to online resources
  • Take a choir or choirs from your organization to events at member-discount pricing
  • Attend individual-focused events at member discount (i.e. Distinctly Bronze, Master Series)
  • Exhibit at Guild events
  • For 65+ not actively directing or leading a handbell/handchime program
  • Access to scholarships and grants
  • Access to chime loan programs
  • Access to mentoring programs
  • Access to Priority Music Club
  • Return $10 rebate to your Area
  • Return $5 rebate to your Area
  • E-Notes, Member-Notes, and Member-Chats
  • Your own login & password to access online resources
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HIC (Business)***

$175/year
  • Voting privileges
  • Print copy of Overtones
  • Online only Overtones
  • Access to online resources
  • Take a choir or choirs from your organization to events at member-discount pricing
  • Attend individual-focused events at member discount (i.e. Distinctly Bronze, Master Series)
  • Exhibit at Guild events
  • For 65+ not actively directing or leading a handbell/handchime program
  • Access to scholarships and grants
  • Access to chime loan programs
  • Access to mentoring programs
  • Access to Priority Music Club
  • Return $10 rebate to your Area
  • Return $5 rebate to your Area
  • E-Notes, Member-Notes, and Member-Chats
  • Your own login & password to access online resources
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*The Sub-Membership must be linked to an ORGANIZATIONAL Handbell Musician Membership. Sub-member may attend events with the group associated with the Handbell Musician Membership only. Price for Sub-Membership is per person
**If you are 65 years of age or older and ACTIVELY directing or leading a handbell/handchime program, then the Handbell Musician Membership is for you. However, if you are 65 years or older and NOT actively ringing or directing, then the Retired Handbell Musician Membership is your best option.
***HIC Members may only apply for grants and scholarships, event endorsement, and have access to chime-loan programs if they are recognized as a non-profit 501-C3 organization.

Membership Options

Handbell Musician Membership – $90 per year or $8 per month†

This membership is for either an individual or an organization. If for an individual, that person may identify ONE organization that may also receive the benefits of the membership. If for an organization, that organization must identify one individual as the primary contact for the membership.

  • Access to all general membership benefits*
  • One vote in Area and national elections
  • One print subscription to Overtones, our bimonthly journal
  • Participation in My Membership Rewards, a program which provides periodic discounts and coupons to events, merchandise, and other Guild resources
  • Member discount for group-focused events (for handbell/handchime choirs affiliated with the member organization)
  • Member discount for individual-focused events, such as Distinctly Bronze and Master Series (for the individual member or primary contact of the organization member)
  • $10 rebate to the Area where the member reside

Handbell Musician Sub-Membership – $10 per year, no monthly option

This membership is for an individual member of an organization that has an existing organizational Handbell Musician Membership.

  • Individual access to online resources (through a separate ID and password)
  • Linked to primary membership (will renew at the same time as primary membership and will lapse if primary membership lapses)
  • No voting privileges
  • May not attend individual-focused events such as Distinctly Bronze and Master Series

†Monthly payment options require the member to provide a credit card for automatic monthly payments of the listed fee.

Handbell Industry Council Membership – $175 per year or $15.50 per month†

This membership is for businesses and organizations that provide products and services to the handbell/handchime community and wish to exhibit and/or market these products and services to the community.

  • Access to all general membership benefits*
  • One vote in Area and national elections
  • One print subscription to Overtones, our bimonthly journal
  • All general HIC membership benefits including, but not limited to, access to set up booths at local, Area and national events in designated vendor areas
  • $10 rebate to the Area where the primary business address is located

†Monthly payment options require the member to provide a credit card for automatic monthly payments of the listed fee.

Retired Handbell Musicians of America Musician Membership – $65 per year or $5.75 per month†

This membership is for the handbell musician, aged 65 years or older, who is no longer actively directing or leading a choir or handbell/handchime program.

  • Access to all general membership benefits*
  • One vote in Area and national elections
  • One print subscription to Overtones, our bimonthly journal
  • Option to attend any national and/or Area events as an individual at member discounted price
  • Participation in My Membership Rewards, a program which provides periodic discounts
    and coupons to events, merchandise, and other Guild resources
  • Includes $10 rebate to the Area where the member resides

†Monthly payment options require the member to provide a credit card for automatic monthly payments of the listed fee.

Full-Time Student Membership – $30 per year, no monthly option

This is an individual membership and is for the handbell musician that is a full-time college or high school student.

  • Access to all general membership benefits*
  • Member discount for any national or Area event (for an individual)
  • Access to online resources and benefits
  • Participation in My Membership Rewards, a program which provides periodic discounts and coupons to events, merchandise, and other Guild resources
  • Online access to Overtones, our bi-monthly journal
  • Includes $5 rebate to Area

*General Membership Benefits:

  • Members only online resources
  • Local, Area, and National events
  • Access to apply for National Endowment Fund, scholarships, and awards
  • E-Notes Newsletter/Event Notes
  • Access the Member Mailing Lists
  • CDs and mini-perusal scores of new AGEHR Publishing music
  • Area newsletters and websites
  • Mentors
  • Lending libraries
  • Chime loan programs
  • Access to Endorsement benefits for your local event

Consider an Upper Level Membership

Upper level memberships include a tax-deductible contribution with your membership.  Each upper level membership includes all the benefits of the basic Handbell Musician Membership

Sterling – $175 – includes an $85 contribution

Bronze – $310 – includes a $220 contribution

Gold – $525 – includes a $435 contribution

**Canadian Members: Please add $15.00 USD to all memberships.
All other International Members: Please add $30.00 USD to all memberships.

Note: All dues are payable in U.S. dollars. All returned checks will incur a $25.00 processing fee.