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Kāpiti Chorale subscription policy and practice

Subscriptions 2017

Subscriptions are an essential element of membership of the Chorale.  We could not survive without all full members paying each year. Subscriptions help meet ongoing general expenses, including rehearsal hall hire, modest payments made for the services of our exceptional Music Director and Accompanist, and other things such as annual auditor fees etc.  Income from ticket sales normally covers most of the concert-specific costs such as soloist fees, music hire, venue fees, ticket and programme printing, and advertising, but is insufficient to cover the general expenses mentioned above.

The 2017 full subscription for Chorale members is $225 as voted on at the Special General Meeting of 12 October 2015.  A rebated subscription rate of $218 is available to those who pay by Monday 13 February 2017.  Payment can be made by cheque in a named, sealed envelope at rehearsals on 30 January, 6 February and 13 February or deposited into the Chorale’s bank account (11 7255 0120129 11) on or before 13 February 2017.  If payment is made by direct debit, please clearly identify yourself by putting your surname in the transaction’s reference column.  If payment is by cheque, please give to Jutta, Membership Secretary.  Either way, once paid, please mark off in the column in the roll.

For those who would prefer to stagger their payments over the year, please confirm with Denise, Treasurer.  The full subscription is to be paid in four instalments as follows:

Instalment 1            06 February 2017      $60

Instalment 2            10 April 2017            $55

Instalment 3            19 June 2017            $55

Instalment 4            11 September 2017   $55

If the payment options set out above don't suit your circumstances, please feel free to discuss your payment proposal with Denise.  Some people have already made arrangements with her for payment and these will remain in place.

Some members find that they are unable to attend all three concert sessions in a year.  This is acceptable (to a degree) in terms of attendance, but there will be no rebate of subscriptions for missing sessions.


New members

When people join the Chorale, they do not have to audition - they can simply come along and try out the choir.

There is no financial obligation for up to four rehearsals.  If, after attending four rehearsals, a guest singer decides they would like to continue, $75 is payable at the end of the 4th, or the beginning of the 5th, rehearsal.  They can then continue to attend rehearsals and perform in the concert at the end of the session providing all attendance requirements have been met.

After the concert the Music Director decides whether or not to invite the guest singer to become a full member.  Guest singers invited to become full members then pay the following part subscription for the remainder of the year, depending on the session in which they started.

Guest in session 1:    $150 payable at the beginning of session 2.

Guest in session 2:    $75 payable at the beginning of session 3.

Guest in session 3:    $225 (full membership) payable at the start of session 1 of the following year.


No late payments

All subscriptions are to be paid on or by the due date.  The choir has to pay its bills on time so it is expected that members pay their subscription promptly.


Changes in subscriptions

Whilst the committee is very mindful of the need to keep subscriptions as low as possible, the amount payable has to be reviewed annually.  Such increases are normally decided and announced in session 3, to take effect from the beginning of the following year.


Members leaving

There is normally no refund of subscriptions available for members who leave partway through a year.  However, in cases of hardship application may be made to the committee for consideration of a proportional refund.