About Membership

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Alternate ROOTS is member-focused. As artists and cultural organizers based in the South, we are creating a better world together.

Joining ROOTS is the first step into a vital and engaged community that creates powerful and moving art – and supports each other along the path.

ROOTS MEMBERSHIP LEVELS:

General Membership

Voting Membership

Organizational Membership

All ROOTS membership dues are yearly.

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General Membership – $40/year

General members are encouraged to be active in ROOTS programs and committees (we call them Innovation Ensembles & Work Groups) at whatever level they choose. General members have the same benefits as Voting Members except that general members do not play a formal governance role in the organization.

General Member Responsibilities

  • Maintain a current member profile on the Alternate ROOTS website.
  • Pay annual dues of $40/year due on the anniversary of your membership application.
  • Actively participate in the work of the organization through Work Groups, Innovation Ensembles, regional organizing activities, and/or the Annual Business Meeting.

General members are also encouraged to support and strengthen the ROOTS network by serving as a liaison between ROOTS and compatible organizations, supporting the work of other members, sharing information and resources within the network, recruiting potential new members and listing affiliation with ROOTS in your artist materials.

General Member Benefits

  • Receive regular ROOTS publications, including member specific information
  • May list activities in ROOTS publications
  • Receive fee discounts for ROOTS’ programs
  • Post a member profile on ROOTS website
  • In order to qualify broadly to apply for programs and services of Alternate ROOTS, you must be a current general member or voting member. Per grant and program guidelines, additional requirements may apply. Staff may make exceptions to this practice as needed to serve the mission and the strategic plan.

General Member Criteria

  • Create or present original work that is of, by, for, or together with a community of place, tradition, or spirit
  • Committed to social and economic justice and/or the protection of the natural world

Voting Membership – $40/year

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Voting members assume trusteeship for the organization and play a role in governing the organization.

Voting Member Responsibilities

  • As the Board of Directors, voting members are fiscally and legally responsible for the organization as defined by law.
  • Vote to approve new voting members and elect the Executive Committee as well as approve changes to the by-laws, membership policy, and mission statement.
  • Actively participate in the work of the organization through Work Groups, Innovation Ensembles, regional organizing activities, and/or the Annual Business Meeting.
  • Pay annual dues of $40/year due on the anniversary of your membership application.
  • Maintain a current member profile on the ROOTS website.

Voting members are also encouraged to support and strengthen the ROOTS network by serving as a liaison between ROOTS and compatible organizations, supporting the work of other members, sharing information and resources within the network, recruiting potential new members and listing affiliation with ROOTS in your artist materials.

Voting Member Benefits

  • May vote at the Annual Business Meeting and at other times when an organizational decision is required from the voting membership
  • Receive regular ROOTS publications, including member-specific information
  • May list activities in ROOTS publications
  • Receive fee discounts for ROOTS’ programs
  • Post a member profile on ROOTS website
  • In order to qualify broadly to apply for programs and services of Alternate ROOTS, you must be a current general member or voting member. Per grant and program guidelines, additional requirements may apply. Staff may make exceptions to this practice as needed to serve the mission and the strategic plan.

Voting Member Criteria

  • Live in the U.S. South (defined as AL, AR, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV and Washington D.C.)
  • Create or present original work that is of, by, for, or together with a community of place, tradition, or spirit
  • Committed to social and economic justice and/or the protection of the natural world

Voting Member Application

Applications for voting membership are accepted at any time. Apply here or contact the ROOTS office at info@alternateroots.org or call 404-577-1079. The Membership Work Group reviews and approves applications for voting membership on a quarterly basis.  The next round of induction applications will be announced by mid June 2015. Voting members who leave the region will automatically become general members. In order to maintain membership status, dues must be paid annually on the date of first application.

 

Organizational Membership – $40/year

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Alternate ROOTS recognizes the importance and value of organizing groups of individuals around a common purpose and shared goals. Organizations — human structures for working together — are essential elements for community making. The companies, ensembles, co-operatives, community centers, and other organizational structures that ROOTS members engage in are themselves potential allies. Recognizing these organizations as ROOTS Member Organizations acknowledges an aspect of our collective strength.

Organizational Member Responsibilities

  • Maintain a current organization profile on the Alternate ROOTS website.
  • Pay annual dues of $40/year due on the anniversary of your membership application.

Organizational Member Benefits

  • Receive regular ROOTS publications (main contact person)
  • May list activities in ROOTS publications (main contact person)
  • Post an Organizational Member profile on ROOTS website

Note that organizational membership does not convey membership benefits to individuals.

Organizational Member Criteria

  • Alignment with and support of ROOTS mission

Interested in an Organizational Membership? Contact Alternate ROOTS office at info@alternateroots.org or call 404-577-1079

 

ADDED BENEFITS!

  • All membership levels entitle you to an Professional Membership with Fractured Atlas too.  Read more about that deal under Fund Your Work.
  • All membership levels are also entitled to use our special partnership with Indiegogo for their crowdfunding campaigns.  Read more here.
  • Atlanta-based ROOTers will be interested to learn more about our three-way membership deal with WonderRoot and C4 Atlanta. Click here to find out more!

 

No matter who you are or what level of membership is right for you, everyone in the organization has shared responsibility for promoting ROOTS, its programs and causes through your personal endeavors. You also get the shared benefits of an extended network of artists and cultural organizers working together to promote community-based art making, social justice and a healthy environment for all.

Alternate ROOTS supports the creation and presentation of original art that is rooted in communities of place, tradition or spirit. We are a group of artists and cultural organizers based in the South creating a better world together. As Alternate ROOTS, we call for social and economic justice and are working to dismantle all forms of oppression—everywhere.