Membership and guidelines

Membership and guidelines

At the General Assembly in Toyohashi, Japan, September 2013, a new Membership Structure and Membership Fees were finally approved.
The guidelines are to be found further down on this page. All members, both old and new, have to register in this form. After registering, pay the correct amount listed beneath, and before the due dates also found in the guidelines.
Click here to go to the application form.

Bank account information

for paying in USD (or when using via PayPal):
Postkonto 91-550370-8 USD / IBAN CH59 0900 0000 9155 0370 8

for paying in EUR (under SEPA):
91-778482-5 EUR / IBAN CH50 0900 0000 9177 8482 5 with BIC POFICHBEXXX

For paying via PayPal,

WFAO Membership Benefits

The following benefits are included with your membership:

• Access to the members-only section of WFAO’s new website:
• Member discounts at WFAO co-sponsored orchestra festivals
• Access to WFAO resources and network partners
• Free banner advertising on WFAO’s website for member activities

Membership Guidelines

1. Membership Fee Structure

• Individual personal members $ 25

• Individual corporate members $ 65

• Corporate members:
– Small National (< 25 orchestras) $ 100

– Medium National or comparable organizations $ 200 (25 to 100 orchestras)

– Large National $ 300 (100 to 500 orchestras)

– XL National $ 500 (> 500 orchestras)

US Dollars is the official currency. When paying in Euro’s the exchange rate for the subsequent calendar year membership fee will be based on the rate of October 1 Interbanking Exchange Rate of the current calendar year.

2. Definitions

• Individual personal member

represents a single individual, not affiliated with an individual orchestra or orchestra organization

• Individual corporate member

represents a single orchestra/ensemble; membership is in name of the orchestra, and the orchestra can assign any number of individuals to represent its interests at WFAO functions

• Corporate member

represents an umbrella organization (e.g. federation) with multiple orchestras as its constituents; membership is in name of the umbrella organization, and the organization can assign any number of individuals to represent its interests at WFAO functions

3. Voting Rights

• Individual members (corporate and personal) are entitled to one vote each

• Individual members (corporate and personal) from the same country are entitled to a maximum of three votes between them

• Corporate members of the same countryare entitled to a maximum of 6 votes between them

• Associate members do not have the right to vote

• Patron and honorary members are not entitled to vote

4. Due Dates

• WFAO membership fees entitle members access to WFAO resources for the calendar year starting on January 1st, and ending on December 31st, of each year.

• The membership fee is due by October 1st for the next year. For members signing up after October 1st the membership fee will cover the period until the end of the consecutive year. WFAO does not offer partial reimbursement for joining after January 1st of that calendar year.

5. Fee Reductions/Exemptions

WFAO recognizes that its membership fees may be out of reach for potential members in developing countries. Therefore, the WFAO membership committee, in consultation with the Board of Directors, will review applications for reduced/waived membership fees on a case by case basis.

In order to be considered for reduced/waived membership fees, applicants should meet the following criteria:

a. The applicant is located in a country with a Human Development Index of less than 0.70. For more information about the HDI visit;

b. The applicant’s annual operating budget does not exceed $500;

c. The applicant does not qualify for government subsidies in the country of residence.

Applications for reduced/waived membership fees must be made in writing, addressed to the WFAO Chairman. The application must contain the following information:

a. Full verifiable business address of applicant;

b. Annual operating budget in US dollars;

c. If the application is for Individual Corporate Membership, list the number of members in the ensemble;

d. If the application is for Individual Corporate Membership, list the number of years in existence.

2 Replies to “Membership and guidelines”

  1. We would like to enquire if it is possible for our organisation to become a member of The World Federation of Amateur Orchestras? We are the only company in Italy – Rome. We would like to become a member to enable us to receive updates and news about any events and competitions in which our orchestars can participate. Furthermore your events and competitions will be listed on our website:

    Arman Azemoon

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