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Becoming a member
Members are those with recognized professional abilities and experience in either making or repairing. They are elected to the Federation and are entitled to all privileges and duties of membership.
Membership is available to individuals who have their place of business, employment, and residence in the United States or Canada. Firms, corporations, or other organizations and groups cannot become affiliated with the Federation.
A membership applicant must be a full-time working professional violin maker or bow maker with recognized abilities and experience in either making or repairing. An applicant must be at least 30 years of age and have not less than 9 years of professional experience.
Applicants for membership can submit a formal application provided by the Secretary of the Federation [ info AT afvbm DOT org ]. The applicant must provide letters of recommendation from three sponsors who are members of the Federation, and who are familiar with her or his work. The applicant must also submit an example of his work for review by the Board of Governors. A non-refundable processing fee of $50 must accompany all applications.
Applications will be deliberated by the Board of Governors to ensure that all requirements have been met. Those that have will be nominated for consideration by the members, by a simple majority of those members present and voting. The Board after reviewing the sample of work will communicate to the applicant their evaluation of said work, after which the applicant can decide whether to proceed with his or her nomination.
Membership applicants must have clearly established abilities and experience in either making or repairing. If only questions of experience or well-rounded abilities prevent Board nomination for membership, the Governors may request the applicant take part or all of the AFVBM Journeyman's Examination. This gives the applicant an opportunity to demonstrate that he or she has acquired sufficient knowledge to meet all skill requirements. Passage of the Journeyman's Examination by a grade of 85% or better will allow the applicant to be nominated by the Board for membership.
Annual membership dues are $300.