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Kāpiti Chorale subscription policy and practice

Subscriptions 2019

As advised at the end of last year, the subscription will rise slightly to $240 for the whole year, rebated to $230 if paid in the first three weeks of the session (by 18 February.)  

The full payment for planning and budget purposes is preferred because subscriptions are an essential element of membership of the Chorale, helping to meet considerable ongoing general expenses such as rehearsal hall hire, modest payments made for our exceptional Music Director and accompanist, and auditor, NZCF membership  and fees to the Charities Commission.

We cannot survive without all full members paying each year.  Income from ticket sales normally covers most of the concert-specific costs such as soloist fees, music hire, venue fees, tickets and printing of programmes, and advertising, but is insufficient to cover the general expenses outlined above. 

The single session option has been provided for those who expect not to be able to attend throughout the year or who prefer smaller regular payments.  $80 is payable at the beginning of each session.

Subscriptions may be made by 

(i)  Internet banking (account no 11-7255-0120129-11). Please ensure your name appears in our bank statements. 

(ii) Cheque made out to Kapiti Chorale Incorporated, or cash, both in an envelope with your name on and given to Jutta on sign-in desk.  

Internet banking is our preferred method.  Please use it if you can.  


New members

When singers 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, $70 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:    A further $160 payable at the beginning of session 2.

Guest in session 2:    A further $80 payable at the beginning of session 3.

Guest in session 3:    $240 (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.