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Be part of the future of Smithsonian Folkways.
Join our 70th Anniversary Membership Program.
Step One - Choose member level
Step Two - By clicking the “Join Now” button below you agree to our Terms and Conditions.
Folkways Member
$20/month*
*MINIMUM 1 YEAR COMMITMENT ($240)
OR $220 ANNUAL FEE (SAVE $20)
  • $1,000 worth of free downloads per year
  • One (1) free CD, vinyl record or digital download of your choice
  • 20% off all CDs, vinyl records, and other digital products
  • 20% off all Smithsonian Folkways merchandise (books, DVDs, t-shirts, posters, stickers, etc.)
  • Smithsonian Folkways Member t-shirt
  • Members-only special gift: limited edition Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl-Lovers keychain
  • Folkways ‘70 years, 70 tracks’ USB drive
I prefer a tax-deductible option and agree to waive the member benefits. I’d like to DONATE $220.
Folkways Supporter
$50/month*
*MINIMUM 1 YEAR COMMITMENT ($600)
OR $500 ANNUAL FEE (SAVE $100)
  • $1,500 worth of free downloads per year
  • Free copies of ten (10) new, curated Folkways releases on CD or vinyl (or digital download)
  • One (1) free CD box set of your choosing
  • 25% off all CDs, vinyl records, and other digital products
  • 25% off all Smithsonian Folkways merchandise (books, DVDs, t-shirts, posters, stickers, etc.)
  • Smithsonian Folkways Member t-shirt or tote bag
  • Special gift (Folkways Supporters and Folkways Patrons only): limited-edition Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl-Lovers gift set (keychain, earrings, cufflinks)
  • Folkways “70 years, 70 tracks” USB drive
I prefer a tax-deductible option and agree to waive the member benefits. I’d like to DONATE $500.
Folkways
Patron
$100/month*
*MINIMUM 1 YEAR COMMITMENT ($1200)
OR $1000 ANNUAL FEE (SAVE $200)
  • $2,000 worth of free downloads per year
  • Name included on Folkways Patrons web page
  • Free copies of all the year’s new releases on CD, vinyl, or digital downloads
  • 30% off all CDs, vinyl records, and other digital products
  • 30% off all Smithsonian Folkways merchandise (books, DVDs, t-shirts, posters, stickers, etc.)
  • Smithsonian Folkways Member t-shirt and tote bag
  • Special gift (Folkways Supporters and Folkways Patrons only): limited-edition Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl-Lovers gift set (keychain, earrings, cufflinks)
  • Folkways “70 years, 70 tracks” USB drive
  • Exclusive participation in online session with the Smithsonian Folkways director and curators
  • Invitation to Folkways 70th Anniversary reception at the Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.
I prefer a tax-deductible option and agree to waive the member benefits. I’d like to DONATE $1000.
Building community

For the many who have come to love the organization and its work over the past three decades, Smithsonian Folkways has served as a symbol of musical discovery, social engagement, and integrity in dealing with artists and communities since we joined the Smithsonian Institution in 1987. Smithsonian Folkways Membership provides an opportunity to truly become part of our extended community, supporting our mission and enjoying exclusive benefits.

Benefits

Membership includes a special, limited edition Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl-Lovers gift set to include a keychain, earrings and cufflinks (the Folkways Member tier receives the limited-edition keychain), $1,000 - $2,000 in downloads per year from our vast catalog of 60,000 tracks and 3,500 albums, and 20% -30% off our entire physical catalog of CDs, box sets, and vinyl, and all Smithsonian Folkways merchandise. Also, receive a specially curated “70 years, 70 Tracks” USB drive. In addition, Folkways Patrons will receive an invitation to our Folkways 70th Anniversary Reception at the Smithsonian Institution in 2018. Please see each membership tier for benefits details.

Join now

Each membership tier enjoys an attractive benefits package and helps support our non-profit mission. Because of the value associated with the benefits of membership, membership payments are not deductible as charitable contributions. If you waive the benefits, your support will qualify as a tax deductible donation. For this option, simply choose one of the DONATE amounts at the bottom of each membership column.

Auto-renew Feature

Members will receive an annual renewal notice prior to membership expiration and will be charged at the renewal rate unless the member cancels the renewal at least 15 days in advance of their renewal date by calling 1-888-FOLKWAYS or sending an email to FolkwaysMembership@si.edu.

Folkways Membership FAQ
  • Why should I become a member?
  • Can you tell me more about the limited-edition Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl-Lovers gift set?
  • How do the free downloads and discounts work?
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    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.

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