Join the Lute Society of America!
The "cool" rationale
Besides being greener than paper, digital content allows us to reach a broader audience and scale our mission globally, offering content to players around the world for the exact same cost as players in the U.S. Hand-held devices and e-readers eliminate the need for paper mail and physical storage and give musicians everywhere access to materials and music that may not be physically available to them.
The economic rationale
The LSA is adjusting to changes in the economy and technology and has made important transitions in order to remain a viable resource to the lute community. We are re-designing and adding to the website to offer more valuable resources to lute players and to make it easy to view on mobile devices like smartphones and iPads.
It's important for you to know that the cost of writing, editing, publishing, and mailing Quarterlies and Journals has grown exponentially to a point where it is no longer economically sustainable to print publications as we have in the past.
Going forward, all memberships will be digital, but of course, we will still offer paper at a price that reflects the increased costs of printing and mailing, so any member can have both if they choose. If you still want paper, look for the "paper add-on" checkbox when you join or renew.
If you’ve been hesitating to join the Lute Society of America because of the excessive cost of mailing materials overseas, now is the time! Standard digital membership is now less than paper membership was in the last few years.
LSA Membership Benefits
LSA membership benefits include:
New Members - Select "Individual Membership - 1 year" and use the code "NewLSAMember2018" for a $15 discount on your first year!
Special offer — register for your first year of new membership between October 15, 2018 and January 15, 2019 and receive a free copy of A History of the Lute by Douglas Alton Smith!
Full-time students may be eligible for a Membership Grant funded by donations. Please check the description to see whether you qualify, and complete the application process if you wish to be considered.
Gift memberships: If you are giving a gift membership to someone who is already an LSA member, you need to have access to their member login. If you do not have access, give the amount as a "donation" to the LSA and specify who the membership is for (and we will renew the membership). Or simply give your giftee a check and have them process the membership renewal.
Institutions: Please contact our Membership Director, Fiona Thistle, at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to set up an account. Rates are $55.00 (USD)/year for digital only and $100.00 (USD)/year for digital + paper.