SGMUSO, the local non-profit that supports the growth of Singapore's music industry, has launched a membership scheme to fundraise for plans and initiatives it has in the works for the future.
As of today, the 7-year-old organisation, founded by Graham Perkins and headed by President David Siow (who plays in M1LDL1FE) and Chairman Syaheed MSBI (of Believe Distribution) offers paid membership programme divided into different tiers to serve different groups, from students to companies. This is "in order to ensure that its members are heard and represented accurately," SGMUSO noted in a press release. Membership fees vary according to the tiers:
- Student membership – $40/year – for undergrads or below
- Artist membership – $100/year – for recording artists, musicians, composers, lyricists, producers, engineers etc
- Music business practitioner membership – $100/year – artist managers, PR, marketers, business owners, promoters etc
- Company membership – $500/year – record labels, publishers, agencies, schools, venues, promoters, equipment, studios etc
The perks and benefits extended to members include discounts on recording sessions at Beep Studios, Snakeweed Studios, and Ardant Studios, discounts on venue rental at Aliwal Arts Centre and Canvas, one-time free backline support from Ebenex, complimentary conference passes to Music Matters and more.
"SGMUSO is committed to building up the Singapore music ecosystem, and to do so we require funds for our operating expenses and the initiatives," the non-profit commented via press release.
Some of these initiatives include a forthcoming educational talk about digital distribution on 13 August, the Music Matters Academy and networking sessions under the umbrella of All That Matters this September, a cross-country songwriting initiative in collaboration with BandLab, a music export model that will include festival showcases abroad, conferences, funding and more.
In the past, SGMUSO has been involved with initiatives like Singapore: Inside Out (which has featured the likes of Caracal, Charlie Lim, Vandetta and more) and Steve Lillywhite Production Week in 2013 (which acts like Atlas, sub:shaman, The Sam Willows and Monster Cat were involved with).
SGMUSO memberships are available now – sign up between now and 31 October to receive the first year free using the promo code "1yearfree". Click here.