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. Now, the Smithsonian Folkways Membership provides you the opportunity to truly become part of our extended community, supporting our mission and enjoying exclusive benefits.
Membership includes a gift of four beautiful limited edition numbered art prints (14 x 14 inches) from a curated series of iconic Folkways album covers, $1,000 worth of downloads per year to use on the 60,000 tracks/3,500 albums available on our website, and 20% off our entire physical catalogue of CDs, box sets, vinyl, and merchandise. In addition, Smithsonian Folkways Members will get advance previews of new releases and special invitations to Folkways-sponsored concerts and events.
We hope you will join this exciting initiative, which provides unprecedented access to Smithsonian Folkways music and musicians, and supports their work as well as our non-profit mission. To become a member at just $20 a month ($240 per year), simply join now. Also consider becoming a Supporting Member at $1,000 a year (with additional benefits), or a Lifetime Member for a one-time contribution of $2,400. Because of the value associated with the benefits of membership, membership payments are not deductible as charitable contributions. If you would like to support Smithsonian Folkways with a tax-deductible gift, please click here.
Folkways Members and Supporting 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 by calling 1-888-FOLKWAYS or sending an email to FolkwaysMembership@si.edu.
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.More →