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Discount for New Member Organizations

The National Guild is pleased to offer 25% off member dues for one year AND 50% off the conference registration fee for one representative of a Full or Education Affiliate Member that has joined since December 2016. To take advantage of the New Member Discount, contact Claire Wilmoth or at 212-268-3337 x14 prior to registering.

Renewals and lapsed members who are re-joining do not qualify for this discount.

Learn more about Guild membership and download an application.

Teaching Artist Discount

 Teaching artists are at the heart of quality arts education. In recognition of the critical role that they play in ensuring equitable access to the arts, and their often limited resources, we will offer need-based financial aid for career-dedicated teaching artists.

Group Discounts

Take 5% off main conference registration fees in groups of three or more. All members of your group must register online at the same time to receive the reduced rate. *Discount is subject to change.

Student Discount

 Full-time higher education students with a valid student I.D. may register for the conference at a special student rate. (The discount does not apply to preconference institutes.) Only full-time higher education students enrolled in a two- to four-year degree program are eligible for this special rate. You must present a valid student I.D. when you register at the conference. Click here to submit the student rate form.

Roommate Referral Program

 Interested in sharing a room with another conference attendee to save on travel costs? Check the Roommate Referral Box on the online registration form and we will send you a list of other interested attendees. Please note that the National Guild cannot guarantee discounted hotel room availability. Delegates are strongly encouraged to make housing arrangements when they register and cancel the reservation if a roommate is identified.

Raising Funds at Home

 Many conference delegates have successfully raised funds to underwrite their participation in the conference. Board members and donors interested in your organization’s future should be approached first. By articulating what you will learn at the conference and how you will apply your newly acquired knowledge and skills to benefit your organization, you can help these supporters understand the value of investing in your professional development. This strategy works—try it!

A template letter that can be used for raising funds can be found here.

Technical Assistance Grants from Your State Arts Agency

 Some state arts agencies have special grant categories designed to support career development or travel. Carefully consult the grant guidelines to find out what kinds of activities are eligible and to learn how to apply. State arts agency staff can provide you with guidance and refer you to additional sources of information or support. Please note that each organization has its own policies about requests for assistance. Be sure to check with your local (city, county, or regional) arts agency as well.


The National Guild employs volunteers to staff many conference functions. Volunteers receive complementary full conference registration (Preconference + Main Conference). Please contact James C. Horton, director of learning and leadership development for volunteer/work study opportunities. 

This resource brought to you by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. www.nationalguild.org