NANM invites the professional artist, the educator, the student, the amateur, the lover of music—YOU—to become a part of our "pride in a cultural heritage." Your membership will help ensure that talented yet under-served and unacknowledged musicians, particularly those of African descent, will always be included among the musical arts mainstream. All members of NANM must be affiliated with a local branch in or near his/her city. A listing of our active branches can be found on our Regions & Branches page. NANM offers memberships at varying levels to facilitate the needs of members of all ages, musical proficiency, and professional stature: Adults, Life Members, Collegiate Young Artist, Youth/Junior, and Affiliate. At the bottom of this page is a breakdown of each division.
Annual membership may be renewed in each category of membership, provided the individual is a member in good standing. He/she must have satisfied all local and national financial obligations of dues and assessments, and must have complied with the rules and regulations set forth in the constitution of the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. and the local Branch Constitution. For more information on membership, please contact Alfrelynn Roberts, 2nd Vice President.
You may either complete the membership application online, or download and print a pdf to be submitted by mail. Please select the appropriate button below to be directed to application. Make money orders/cashier's checks payable to NANM, Inc. and mail with the completed form to:
Dorothy Canady, Executive Secretary
c/o NANM Membership
PO Box 188
Matteson, IL 60443
Adult Membership | $60 (annual)
The Adult membership is comprised of all non-collegiate individuals 21 years of age or older. Its members range the full spectrum of involvement in music: teachers, administrators, industry professionals, researchers, and enthusiasts.
Life Membership | $2,000
Life Membership is for individuals that would like to pledge a life-long commitment to NANM. Those persons who are Life Members automatically become a member of the Life Members Guild, founded by past national president Dr. Theodore Charles Stone in St. Louis, Missouri, August, 1969---the year NANM, Inc. celebrated its Golden (50th) Anniversary. While the Life Members Guild was originally organized for fun and relaxation via its inaugural brunch, it has accepted the challenge of supporting specialized projects that are important to the mission and purpose of NANM. The Life Membership fee can be paid either in a one-time payment in full, or paid in four installments. Important Update on Life Membership (9/2020)
Collegiate/Young Artist Membership | $25 (annual)
Governed by its own Executive Board, the Collegiate/Young Artist (CYA) division was designed to provide an opportunity for collegiate musicians to explore their talents, meet and interact with professionals in many different areas of music, and develop a network among themselves and mentors who are professionals in the field. For our collegiate members, there are numerous performance opportunities throughout the year, particularly in our scholarship competitions, CYA concerts, master-classes, and various events at our annual national convention.
Youth/Junior Membership | $25 (annual)
Our Youth/Junior division combines two former membership levels: The Youth Division (ages 13-18) and the Junior Division (ages 6-12). These divisions were combined to foster musical interest in our youth, and provide educational experiences and performance opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally, as to improve musical skills with mentorship from professionals in the field.
Affiliate Membership | $95 (annual)
In the event that an active NANM branch is not within reasonable proximity of an interested individual, he/she may apply directly to the NANM National Office as an affiliate member. You have all rights and privileges of membership, but will be considered a member-at-laarge.