Please take a few minutes to read this note and why it is important to support FMSM... If you're like me, when you see a message like this, your first question is “what's in it for me?” And although there are individual benefits to becoming a Folk Music Society of Midland member, such as an admission discount at the Midland Folk Music Festival, a quarterly newsletter either mailed or e-mailed to you, and maybe a discount at a local merchant or two, the real question to ask is “how are all the FMSM events that I enjoy funded?” One of the major sources of the funding of FMSM activities is your membership dues. There are many expenses that you may not even be aware of that are necessary to keep FMSM running. There is liability insurance, BMI fees to use copyrighted songs at our events, sound equipment to maintain and replace, community relations costs to publicize our group's activities, an annual business meeting and picnic to put on, and an incredible number of expenses to put on our annual Midland Folk Music Festival that admission charges and camping fees don't completely cover. I would urge you to consider how inexpensive it really is to support these and many other FMSM activities that you enjoy. An annual individual membership is just $12, and an annual family membership is only $18. That is a dollar or two a month to help keep the programs that you enjoy funded. Ask for a FMSM membership form or download and return the membership form found under the "Join" tab, along with a check made out to Folk Music Society of Midland to the address listed, and get on board! Thanks for your support.