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ATHE Announces Sliding Scale Membership Dues Structure

Wednesday, April 1, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Vice President for Membership & Marketing Kelly Howe sent this message to the ATHE database via email on April 1, 2020.

The ATHE Operations Committee unanimously approved a shift to a sliding scale membership dues structure. With this new structure, members will self-select a membership dues amount based on income. (No proof of income or any other aspect of one’s status is required to select the membership rate that best represents your ability to pay). We are moving to this structure, rooted in the consideration of ability to pay and a logic of solidarity, as part of an ongoing effort to increase economic accessibility for current and future ATHE members. 

You may ask, what's next? While we are building the new memberships in our system, joining and renewing through our website is temporarily paused. The new membership categories and dues amounts are now available on our website. On April 15, you will receive an email inviting you to renew or join in our new system. In that email, we’ll explain exactly how to process your renewal or new dues transaction.

The membership cost for many members will decrease, the cost for some members will remain the same, and the cost for some members will increase. For ATHE to continue its work, moving to a sliding scale partially depends on those with more economic privilege in our field to select their membership bracket in a way that helps make participation more accessible for others. 

The coming days are likely to highlight even more intensely the uneven distribution of resources, income, and protections in our field(s) and globally. May we all participate in an ethos of collective responsibility in whatever ways that we can—in theatre, in higher education, and beyond.

As always, we welcome any questions or feedback. We also hope that you will let ATHE know how the organization can continue to work in solidarity with you, your colleagues, and your students. I can be reached at mm@athe.org.



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