|Important Information About Your PGA Dues!|
Dear Producers Guild Members:
Speaking on behalf of the National Board of Directors and the PGA staff, we are immensely proud of what the Guild has been able to accomplish in the past dozen years. Since 2000, this Guild has enjoyed an explosive growth not only in terms of its membership numbers, but also in terms of the services it offers. A member who left the Guild twelve years ago would return to find a vastly expanded collection of benefits, from screenings (and screeners), to seminars, to mentoring and networking opportunities, to employment tools... The list goes on. (In fact, you can find that list later in this e-mail.)
There is only one thing that has not grown substantially over the course of the Guild's recent history—your annual dues payment. In fact, for AP Council members, the annual dues of $150/year are the exact same as they were in 2001, the year the AP Council was created. The New Media Council likewise has paid an annual rate of $150—the same amount that they have paid since the Council was founded in 2002. The dues for the Producers Council have been raised once, in 2006, from $300 to $350.
Recent amendments to the Constitution have made changes to the dues structure the responsibility of the Guild's Finance Committee; any proposed change, of course, requires the support of the National Board. At its most recent meeting earlier this month, the National Board heard and unanimously approved a recommendation from the Finance Committee that membership dues for the forthcoming year (2012-2013) be raised by $45, across all three Councils.
We recognize and acknowledge that no one enjoys an increase in dues. While the economy and industry are in better shape than they were two or three years ago it remains challenging for some of our members to find the jobs they'd like to have, and at a compensation level that reflects their skills and experience. (Forthcoming improvements to our employment services should prove helpful.) For some members, a $45 increase is easily absorbed; for others, it represents a sacrifice. But we would like all members to consider the value they are receiving for their dues, especially when contrasted with the 2000-2001 era of the PGA...
Benefits of PGA Membership
Given the scope of the benefits offered today, we would like to think that you value your access to (literally) hundreds of screenings, screener DVDs, seminars, job postings and events as being worth at least $45 per year.
Thus, within a few weeks, the majority of you will be receiving your dues statement for the 2012-2013 membership term, which begins on July 1st. The balance will reflect these new dues totals: $195 for AP Council and New Media Council members, and $395 for Producers Council members.
Once again, we recognize that no one likes to see her or his dues raised. But given the astonishing growth in the PGA's benefits over the past ten years, and the aggressive course now being pursued by the Officers and National Board as it relates to jobs for the producing team and fair credits for all producers, we humbly feel that this increase is comparatively modest when considered in light of the value it provides.
We remain truly grateful that you have chosen to be a part of this unique organization, and hope that together, we can look forward to many years of continued growth, both for the PGA itself and the opportunities available to the entire producing team.