Questions About Membership
Can I bring a guest?
Yes. All Black Fret memberships include a +1 to each performance.
Why is there a one-time $100 new member fee?
Many members attend an event before joining and we have administrative costs associated with onboarding a new member.
Why is membership $1,500 annually?
We believe that full membership should be available to anyone who is a true music fan. $1,500 is a lot of money to someone who earns $30,000 a year but it is also achievable. It’s about equivalent to your monthly cable bill. Our vision is an egalitarian organization that rewards longevity as a member. We want all our members to feel respected and appreciated. After all… this is about having fun and enjoying great music together.
Can I pay monthly?
Yes. Black Fret accepts monthly payments toward annual membership dues.
Do you have less expensive levels of membership?
Black Fret currently offers just one level of membership. Additionally, Black Fret gratefully accepts donations in any amount (Make a Payment) to support our mission. If hospitality is your thing, please consider becoming a Volunteer.
Do you accept corporate matches?
Yes. Many of our members take advantage of corporate charitable match programs including those offered by Dell, Apple, Microsoft, Google and many more. It is important to understand that many of these programs will only match the portion of the donation for which no value is received. As Black Fret allocates 20% of a member’s dues to funding performances, $300 a year out of your $1,500 donation is not eligible for match. We recommend you pay $300 in dues directly to Black Fret at “Make a Payment” (add link) or as a one-time non-matched gift via your employer’s program and then sign up for $50/month or $46.16/bi-weekly matched by your employer to fund the remaining $1,200 over the course of the year.
How do I find out if my corporation offers a charitable match?
Visit your employer’s internal website for employee benefits. Or ask your HR representative.
Why limit Membership?
For the dues Black Fret asks members to pay, we believe our members deserve a premium listening experience and the chance to meet the artists they fund. This can best be achieved in venues with limited seating capacity.
Black Fret is a community of dedicated music fans who are enriched by knowing one another. We are looking to attract life time donors… people who will value a sustained relationship with a broad network of dynamic and interesting members. At the core we want this to be an extended circle of friends who share a common passion for music and the incredible cultural assets music contributes to our town.
To that end, we aim to reward our members with benefits that are empowered by a business model based on continuous growth of an endowment and a legacy right that allows Members to pass their limited membership to their children or to a friend.
What is your limit on Membership?
Our goal is to sustain $1,000,000 a year in grants and build a cool, fun and endowed Austin institution capable of serving our community in perpetuity. We think that can best be accomplished with as few as 800 members.
Can someone donate more than $1,500?
Yes. Members are welcome to pre-pay as many years in membership dues as they like in a single donation. Additionally, Black Fret will gratefully accept larger donations and will work with individual donors and corporate sponsors to create custom giving plans and programs that meet the requirements and vision of larger donors.
Other than Membership how can I help?
Tell your friends who love music about us and help us grow! Also, Black Fret gratefully accepts donations in any amount (Make a Payment) to support our mission. If hospitality is your thing, consider becoming a Volunteer, to welcome fellow Members and ensure a great vibe.
I’m a musician. How can I help?
Here are a few ways: How Artists Can Help Black Fret
I’m a musician. Can I volunteer?
Yes, but it’s important to understand that any musician who is volunteering will be asked to resign as a Volunteer if they accept an invitation to become a Nominee. Volunteers have strict rules about ways they can lobby members for votes and violation of those rules can result in exclusion from current and future nominations.