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  • Smithsonian Folkways Membership
    Terms and Conditions

By enrolling in a Smithsonian Membership Plan, you acknowledge and agree that these terms and conditions are a binding agreement between you and Smithsonian Folkways. Accordingly, please review this agreement carefully.

ENROLLMENT
Members may enroll in a Smithsonian Folkways Membership Plan via the Smithsonian Folkways website, www.folkways.si.edu, at selected events where Smithsonian Folkways has a presence, or by calling 1-888-FOLKWAYS or sending an email to FolkwaysMembership@si.edu.

MEMBERSHIP
All Smithsonian Folkways Memberships commence on the date that Members receive a confirmation email with instructions for accessing the benefits under their membership plan. Folkways Members and Supporting Members shall be entitled to all of the benefits available under their selected membership plan for the ensuing twelve-month period following commencement of their membership plan as long as their account remains in good standing, subject to the terms outlined below. Lifetime Membership Plans expire upon the death of the Lifetime Member, who shall be entitled to all of the benefits available under the Lifetime Membership Plan for the duration their membership, subject to the terms outlined below. Smithsonian Folkways reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to change the terms and conditions of the membership plans, with or without notice to any Member, or to cancel the membership at any time by advising the Member and refunding a portion of any membership fees previously received, the amount of such refund to be determined by Smithsonian Folkways at its sole discretion. All Smithsonian Folkways Membership Plans are non-transferrable except for gift memberships purchased for a third party. Membership payments are not deductible as charitable contributions.

CURRENT BENEFITS FOR ALL LEVELS OF MEMBERSHIP
All Smithsonian Folkways Members shall receive an email with instructions for accessing the benefits to which they are entitled, including:

  • $1,000 worth of digital downloads per year;
  • 20% discount on the retail price of all Smithsonian Folkways Recordings physical products (discounts are not applicable to mailing charges, and discounts under the membership plan may not be combined with any other discounts);
  • One set of four limited edition cover art prints to be selected by Member from the selection of cover art print sets made available by Smithsonian Folkways at the commencement of the membership plan;
  • Sneak previews of new releases;
  • Invitations to events as described in the selected membership plan (access to sponsored events is subject to availability and will be made available to Members on a first-come, first-served basis);
  • A members-only physical or digital gift for every year membership is renewed, or in the case of Lifetime Members, every year for the duration of their membership.

CURRENT ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR SUPPORTING MEMBERS
Smithsonian Folkways Supporting Members will receive:

  • A "70 years of Folkways" USB jump drive containing a curated selection of digital downloads from the Smithsonian Folkways catalog during the first year of their membership;
  • Complimentary copies of all new releases produced in physical formats;
  • An invitation to a tour of the Ralph Rinzler Archives at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, DC (members are responsible for their own travel and any other costs associated with attending the tour).

CURRENT ADDITIONAL BENEFITS FOR LIFETIME MEMBERS
Smithsonian Folkways Lifetime Members will receive:

  • A "70 years of Folkways" USB jump drive containing a curated selection of digital downloads from the Smithsonian Folkways catalog during the first year of their membership;
  • Complimentary copies of all new releases produced in physical formats;
  • An invitation to a curator-led tour of the Ralph Rinzler Archives at the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage in Washington, DC (members are responsible for their own travel and any other costs associated with attending the tour).

SHIPPING
All complimentary physical products provided with each membership plan will be sent free of charge by surface mail to the shipping address provided by Members in their shopping cart during the checkout process. For additional items ordered, regular shipping fees will be charged.

CONTACT INFORMATION
Members are responsible for informing Smithsonian Folkways of any change in their contact information including their mailing address, telephone number, and email address. Smithsonian Folkways shall not be liable for any undeliverable membership benefits due to a Member’s failure to comply with this provision.

BILLING
Membership fees will be charged to the Member’s credit or debit card during the online checkout process, or Members may arrange for payment by calling 1-888-FOLKWAYS or sending an email to FolkwaysMembership@si.edu. No discounts are applicable to any membership fees. The membership fee for Lifetime Memberships will be charged as a one-time transaction. Folkways Members and Supporting Members have the option to pay for their annual membership fee in a one-time transaction or in monthly payments. Members who select the monthly payment option commit to a minimum of twelve equal credit or debit card charges totaling the annual membership fee due for the membership plan selected. Members will receive periodic updates regarding their payment history at least once a year.

ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP RENEWALS
Folkways and Supporting Memberships will be automatically renewed for an additional year upon expiration of the membership term, unless Members contact Smithsonian Folkways no less than 15 days prior to the expiration of the then-current membership term to cancel the upcoming renewal. Members may cancel their Smithsonian Folkways Membership Plan by calling 1-888-FOLKWAYS or sending an email to FolkwaysMembership@si.edu. Renewal memberships will be charged according to the billing method and payment source authorized upon enrollment.

REFUNDS/EXCHANGES
If a Member is for any reason not satisfied with their membership gift(s), they are not entitled to exchange them for other Folkways products once products have been shipped. Only products that have been damaged during shipping will be replaced by Smithsonian Folkways.

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Members are responsible for informing Smithsonian Folkways of any change in their credit or debit card information. Smithsonian Folkways will exert best efforts to contact Members to resolve any problems with credit or debit card charges, but reserves the right to immediately cancel membership benefits upon inability to charge the Member’s credit or debit card. Members acknowledge that Smithsonian Folkways will not be responsible for any fees or penalties charged to the Member by the Member’s bank or credit or debit card provider.

DISCLAIMER
This membership and all associated benefits are provided “as is” without a warranty of any kind, either expressed or implied, including but not limited to the implied warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular use, and/or non-infringement. The Smithsonian shall not be responsible or liable for any injury or damage that may occur due to your participation in this membership program, including your acceptance or use of any membership benefit.

RESERVATION OF RIGHTS
Failure of the Smithsonian to enforce any term or condition shall not constitute a waiver of such terms.

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