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Why does the CBMR use the term “associate membership”?

Rather than considering its constituents to be purchasers of a defined set of membership benefits, the CBMR considers them to be partners in fulfilling its mission and goals. We want our members to feel a special kinship with the CBMR, so to become an associate member demonstrates a desire to become an active participant in studying and preserving black musical culture. Associate memberships provide the CBMR with funding that supports programming and infrastructure, as well as pay for the cost of membership benefits.

CBMR Regular Associate Memberships

Dues are linked to personal annual income (including retired). Non-U.S. associate memberships do not incur an additional charge. CBMR associate memberships Include all benefits listed below.

$55 $24,999 or less
$75 $25,000–$39,999
$95 $40,000–$59,999
$115 $60,000–$79,999
$135 $80,000 and above

CBMR Student Associate Memberships

Must be a full-time student. Non-U.S. associate memberships do not incur an additional charge. Includes all benefits listed below.

$45

CBMR Life Associate Memberships

One-time payment. Non-U.S. associate memberships do not incur an additional charge. Includes all benefits listed below.

$1,500 Individual
$1,600 Individual with Spouse

CBMR Associate Membership Benefits

CBMR Ring Donor Program

While the Center enjoys the generous support of its parent organization, Columbia College Chicago, the Center is responsible for raising significant external funding to help support programming. Parallel with the reconfiguration of CBMR Associate memberships, the Center has created the CBMR Ring Donor Program, named in recognition of the vital role that the distinctive African-American ring shout, which “helped preserve the elements that we have come to know as the characterizing and foundational elements of African-American music.”1 Thus the CBMR Ring provides opportunities for individuals and corporations to make external contributions to support the Center’s mission and some of its most important programs, such as conferences, fellowships and awards, student-centered programming, performances, collection development for the CBMR Library and Archives, and general operating support. All CBMR Ring donors are listed on the CBMR Website, in CBMR Digest newsletter, on the CBMR blog, in major event program books, and in annual reports. When you become a CBMR Ring donor, you will be acknowledged for the ensuing year as a Ring Donor as indicated below. The minimum contribution level for CBMR Ring is $150. If you would prefer to make a donation in another amount that is greater than $150, you will be acknowledged as a Ring Donor in the appropriate category listed below.

CBMR Advocate $150–$249
CBMR Sustainer $250–$499
CBMR Guarantor $500–$999
CBMR Benefactor $1,000–$24,999
CBMR Creator $25,000 and up

CBMR Corporate Partners

Share your message and communicate your values by supporting black music! Please contact the executive director to discuss creative partnership opportunities.

How to access an existing CBMR Active Net Record or create a new CBMR Active Net Record

Click here to begin a new membership, renew an existing or lapsed membership, make a donation, subscribe to BMRJ, or to simply be on the CBMR’s mailing list.

Once on the CBMR Active Net welcome page, please do the following:

First, click the Sign In button, then enter your email address into the Login field. If you already have an Active Net account, please proceed as indicated below. If you do not already have an Active Net account, you will get the error message “The email address was not found,” meaning that you must create a new account.

If You Have an Existing Account

Click the Sign In button, then enter your email address into the Login field and click on “Forget your password?” If you have an existing Active Net record, Active Net will send you a temporary password, which you will then use to login. Follow the prompts to create a new password, after which you can access the existing record associated with your email address.

If You Do Not Have an Existing Account

Click the Sign In button, then enter your email address into the Login field and click on “Forget your password?” If you do not already have an Active Net account, you will get the error message “The email address was not found,” meaning that you must click the Create New Account button and then follow the prompts.

Once you have accessed your existing record or created a new record, you may then:

Please note that the Active Net platform provides a large number of functions, some of which the CBMR is not yet using (such as Activities) or may never use. When we offer special events, such as conferences, symposia, performances, etc., you will receive instructions on how to submit on-line registrations.

Notes

Samuel A. Floyd Jr. The Power of Black Music: Interpreting Its History from Africa to the United States. (New York: Oxford University Press, 1995), p. 6. [return to text]

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