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Hi WW Music Club members.

Just a further notice for October events, we are still requiring 1 x band for Club Cool - Sunday 15 October 2017 and there are still spots available for both bands and ensembles for Saturday Afternoon Session 21st October 2017 1.00pm to 5.00pm at The Gov Front Bar.

If interested please go to sawarriors.org.au/rego or email events@sawarriors.org.au

Thank you
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FAQs

Q1. What is the Weekend Warriors Program?

A. Weekend Warriors is a program designed to get recreational musicians and singers into performing live music. It consists of a free jam, placement into a band with other participants, then a series of coaching sessions/rehearsals culminating in a live public performance with other new bands. There is a fee to do the Program. On completion, participants receive one year’s free membership of the Weekend Warriors Club. There is also a Young Warriors Program for participants aged 18 years and under. The Program is owned by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), the peak music retailers’ body in the USA, and in Australia by the Australian Music Association. In SA, it is licensed to and run by Holden Hill Music. Click here to go to more information about the Weekend Warriors Program.

Q2. What is the Weekend Warriors Club?

The Weekend Warriors Club (SA) is a registered, not-for-profit, incorporated Association. It was established in 2004 as a club for people who had been through the Weekend Warriors Program and who wished to keep connected with the program and continue to perform with like-minded musicians. The Club supports its members to develop their musicianship, helps them form bands, and arranges gigs and events where they can perform.

Q3. What do I get for my Membership fee, what are the benefits of belonging to the Club?

A. You get:

  • membership of a social club of friendly, like-minded people who enjoy getting together to make and listen to music,
  • opportunities to develop your musical skills and talents in a supportive environment,
  • opportunities to play with other people and join or form bands and ensembles that suit your interests,
  • exclusive, members-only access to performance opportunities at a wide variety of gigs, concerts and festivals,
  • use of extensive, top quality backline gear and PA equipment and help to set it up. It is already set up for you at larger Warrior gigs. To hire this equipment privately for a single gig would cost more than most bands’ entire membership fees for a year.
  • assistance of a Stage Manager and at larger gigs a Sound Technician to make sure your show runs smoothly and professionally
  • the benefit of performing under the Weekend Warrior brand and reputation and the Club’s publicity and marketing to gain an audience
  • discount admissions to Warriors events
  • advance invitations and/or discounted admission to occasional special events such as voice and instrument workshops, masterclasses and presentations
  • various discounts on purchases from our sponsor, Holden Hill Music.

Q4. How do I join the Weekend Warriors Club?

A. Most of our members join the Club by completing a round of Holden Hill Music’s Weekend Warriors Program. The fee for that Program includes one year’s membership of the Weekend Warriors Club. After their first year, members then pay an annual subscription. Click here to see the current subscription rates. For information about the Weekend Warriors Program, please click on “The Program” tab in the Menu bar above.

Q5. I haven’t done the Weekend Warriors Program. Can I still join the Club?

A. Yes. You can join the Club as an Associate Member. Several Warrior bands include Full and Associate members. Bands with Associate members can perform at Warrior events. However, the number of Associates in a band may not exceed 50% of the total band members. Click here to see the current subscription rates. If you are interested in joining as an Associate, please use the Contact page to send a message to the Membership Officer. Click here to download an Associate Member Application Form.

Q6. How do I renew my membership and pay my subscription?

A. You can find details about how to pay subscriptions, including paying by credit card securely online, by clicking to this Renew Membership page. Please note: That page is for current members to renew their memberships and pay their annual subscriptions. Non-members are not able to use that page to join the Club for the first time. If you are interested in joining the Weekend Warriors Club (SA), please see FAQs 4 and 5 above.

Q7. I did the Weekend Warriors Program a few years ago, but let my membership lapse after the first year. I’d like to rejoin the Club. Do I have to do the Program again?

A. No. If you completed a Round of the Weekend Warriors Program as a full fee-paying participant in the past, you can rejoin the Club without doing the Program again. Please contact the Membership Officer via the email form on the Contact Page.

Q8. I did a Weekend Warriors Program in another State. Can I join the South Australian Club?

A. Probably. Please contact the Membership Officer via the email form on the Contact Page to discuss your situation.

Q9. I repeated a Round of the Weekend Warrior Program. Do I get another free one-year membership of the Club?

A. No. People get only one free one-year membership of the Club the first time they do a Round of the Program as a full fee-paying participant.

Q10. When does my Membership Year start and finish?

A. It depends on when you completed your Weekend Warriors Concert or joined the Club as an Associate. Your Membership Year will be one of the following:

1 January – 31 December
1 April – 31 March
1 July – 30 June
1 Oct – 30 Sept

Your first Membership Year starts on the actual date you join or complete the Round and finishes 12 months after the end of that quarter. For example, a participant in Round 32 did the Concert on 26 August 2012, in the quarter that ended 30 Sept 2012. Therefore that person’s first one-year membership started on 26 Aug 2012 and ends on 30 Sept 2013 (13 months later). From then on, his/her membership year will be from 1 October to 30 September each year.

Q11. I’ve just paid my annual subscription, but my new membership sticker says my next renewal date is less than 12 months away. Why haven’t I got 12 months?

A. You most likely have got 12 months, but paid your membership fee late. Individual membership years are as described in the previous FAQ. Late payment of membership fees will not change the renewal date.

Q12. I joined as an Associate Member, then did the Program part way through the year. Do I still get a free year’s membership or do I get some sort of refund?

A. Both. If you pay the full fee for the Program, you get a free year’s membership as a Full member as described in FAQ 10, and you get a pro rata refund of the unused part of your Associate Member fee .

Q13. I am going to stop participating in Club activities. Can I transfer the balance of my membership to someone else?

A. No. Membership is not transferable.

Q14. I am a Member, but not currently in a band. How can I find a band or group to play with?

A.  1) Regularly check the Members’ Ads on the Warriors website where bands advertise vacancies. Members can also submit their own individual ads seeking a spot in a band.

2) Attend Warriors events and get to know your fellow members. Through the relationships you build and the contacts you make it will only be a matter of time before you will be connected with others looking for band members. See the Warriors Gigs Guide for a list of the many Warriors gigs you can attend. Perhaps you could volunteer to help set up and assist the organiser at some of these events and get to know and be known by other members that way.

3) Open Mic nights at the Governor Hindmarsh Hotel (The Gov) are held every Wednesday night. These nights are great opportunities to make contacts as well as perform to a supportive audience. Bands sometimes headhunt at these events.

3) Remember that members are also entitled to join the D’Ukes of Warriors (ukulele group). These are good opportunities to make contacts and friendships with people, some of whom also play in Warrior bands. People in these groups have gone on to form bands or ensembles as a result of the contacts and friendships they have made there. Contact details for the D’Ukes can be found in the Gigs Guide.

Q15. I’m a member and I’m in a band. How do we get to participate in Warriors events?

A.  1) Ensure every member of your band is a paid-up Full or Associate member and that the band complies with the Associate Band Member ratio rule.

2) New bands might need to audition for the Events Unit. You only need to do this once, but don’t leave it until too close to one the Club’s big public events. The easy and friendly way to audition is to perform a small set at a Saturday Session at The Gov. Details of these are on this website’s Gigs Guide.

3) Make sure that the Club has your up-to-date email address. The Club’s Events Unit sends emails to members telling them about upcoming gigs and how to register. Popular events fill quickly.

4) Check the Club’s website. There is a regularly updated list of events on the Gigs Guide. It also includes information on how to register.

5) Appoint a band contact person who registers on behalf of the band and is the point of contact for the Events Unit.

Q16. We are booked in for a Warrior gig, but the subscription of one of our band members has expired. He says he will pay later. Can we still perform?

A. No. If a person is not a paid-up Warrior member or Associate, he/she will not be allowed to go on the stage at Warrior gigs. Other members of the band may go on the stage provided they are paid-up Club members and comply with the Associate ratio rule. The Weekend Warriors Club takes its members’ rights and responsibilities very seriously. If a band attempts to go on stage, knowing they have a non-member or non-financial member amongst them, or the non-financial member attempts to bluff or bully his/her way onto the stage, the Stage Manager or Event Manager will stop the band performing at that event. Individuals also leave themselves open to disciplinary action under Sections 4.4 and 29 of the Club’s Constitution.

Q17. Are there any restrictions on Members or Associate Members playing at other, independent gigs?

A. No. In that situation, the band performs as an independent band in its own right. We only ask that bands do not use the Weekend Warrior branding and do not create the false impression that such a gig is a Warrior event or that it is sponsored by the Weekend Warriors.

Q18. Who runs the Club?

A. A Management Committee conducts the Club’s day-to-day business. Club members elect the Committee each year at the Club’s Annual General Meeting. The Committee comprises: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, Licensor’s Representative and up to six general committee members. The Licensor’s Representative is a reserved position, not elected. The Licensor is currently Recreational Music Making Pty Ltd which grants to the Association a licence to use the Weekend Warrior Program branding, names, slogans and trademarks. Each year, the incoming Committee appoints individuals to fulfil various operational roles as may be required, including Events Manager, Membership Officer, Stage Manager, Sponsorship Liaison, Webmaster, Warrior Voice Coordinator and Young Warriors Coordinator.

Q19. Do Warrior bands get paid for gigs?

A. No, not at Warrior gigs. Warrior gigs and festivals are community, charity or social events to which the performers donate their time. The Club takes care to avoid competing unfairly with professional bands and musos for paid gigs. If a band arranges independently to perform at a non-Warrior event, then the band may negotiate a fee for its services the same as any other independent band.

Q20. Does the Club get paid for gigs?

A. No. However, the Club does receive donations from the organisers of events which are put towards the Club’s expenses such as maintenance and transport costs. Further funds are raised at gigs through raffles, the sale of merchandise and gold coin donations. The Club does not receive grants or funding from any organisation.

Q21. Where does the money go?

A. All income goes towards running the Club for the benefit of members. Most of it is used for equipment purchase, maintenance, repair and insurance, including the van. The rest goes on operational expenses. The Club has no employees and therefore pays no wages. Work is done by volunteers. Members who incur out-of-pocket expenses on behalf of the Club are reimbursed.

An Honorarium is paid to the Events Manager at the discretion of the Committee in recognition of the numerous hours worked each month to find, establish and manage the wide variety of gigs and opportunities for Members, including organising bands and equipment for each event.