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Membership Levels and Benefits


ISGB Memberships are valid for one full year from your enrollment date!

*If you have been a member previously, but your membership has lapsed, please click here to renew your membership.

Welcome! Membership in the International Society of Glass Beadmakers is open to all. Our membership is varied and includes glass beadmakers working in a variety of media, collectors, jewelry designers, arts educators, historians, and suppliers to the trade.


As a 501(c)3, ISGB has a Board of Directors elected by the membership, with a mission to educate and promote the art of glass beadmaking, preserve the traditions of the art form and encourage the continued renaissance of contemporary glass beadmaking.


Regional Directors represent the membership at a local level. A total of twelve Regional Directors located from Northeast to West, International and Canada, are the liaisons between the ISGB leadership and our members around the world.


Membership dues, fundraising events, and donations help to fund ISGB. The Executive Director, Administrator and a national office serve as the professional staff.


The International Society of Glass Beadmakers strives to provide its members with valuable and exclusive benefits.

Please check the benefit levels below to find the one most appropriate for you.


Individual Level, $65

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The largest component of our group, Individual Level membership, is best suited for beadmakers of all skill levels who are hobbyists or sell beads occasionally and artists of other mediums who are interested in our glass community. Individual Level benefits are offered to all member levels and include:   

  • Quarterly digital Glass Bead Evolution magazine
  • Discounted rate on digital back issues of Glass Bead Evolution and The Glass Bead magazines
  • Listing in the online Membership Directory
  • Vendor Discount Program: Beginning April 7, 2014, participating vendors will offer ISGB members various discounts on their products, classes and more
  • ISGB Facebook page - share your photos and news
  • Monthly e-newsletter, Bead Release - "free advertising" by sending information to your Regional Director to share in the Bead Release
  • Updates from Regional Directors and local ISGB Chapters on related activities
  • Access to Regional web pages featuring localized news, events, classes and more "free advertising" by sending information to your RD for your region's page
  • Eligible for substantial discounts on registration for the annual conference, The Gathering
  • Early registration for Gathering workshops
  • Eligible to apply for Gathering scholarships
  • Eligible to sell your beads at the annual Bead Bazaar, one of the largest lampwork/ glass artist-only shows available
  • Worldwide group exhibition opportunities. If juried into exhibits, you will receive a professional photo of your work and art cards upon request
  • Access to online Members Only forum
  • Special subscription rate offer for Ornament magazine
  • Special subscription rate offer for Glass Art and The Flow magazines
  • Special rental rate with Alamo Car Rental
  • Special rental rate with National Car Rental
  • Opportunity to apply for a Capital One Platinum credit card featuring artwork from ISGB members

Family Level, $85 

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Individual Level benefits for two (2) adults and children under 18, living at the same address


Student Level, $40 

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Individual Level benefits plus: 

  • Opportunity to exchange volunteer hours for a registration discount at The Gathering (application required)
  • Reduced rate for pre-conference classes at The Gathering (one student per class)


In order to qualify for the Student membership level, the member must be a current full-time student and provide either a schedule or transcript showing full-time status from an accredited institution. To qualify by mail send a copy to: ISGB, 85 E Gay St. Suite 707, Columbus, OH 43215 or by e-mail, scan the documentation and e-mail to: admin @ isgb . org. (remove spaces in e-mail address)


Lifetime Level, $2000 

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Individual Level benefits for life, and a special lifetime membership number


Professional Level, $110 

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If you are a full-time beadmaker, teach beadmaking, or sell your beads at least occasionally, this level is for you. In addition to all the benefits of the Individual Level, you will receive:

  • Eligible to apply for a ProPay membership discount
  • Post classes and shows on the ISGB website
  • Link from the ISGB website to your own website
  • Professional Level listing on the ISGB website
  • Eligible for access to a special Instructors Only forum
  • Eligible for Instructor Listing on the ISGB website


Affiliate Level, $150  

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The Affiliate Level is appropriate for teaching facilities, studios, bead shops, galleries, or publications that feature, exhibit, or sell works by glass beadmakers, as well as private collectors or others who want to support glass art. You will receive the same benefits as Individual and Professional members plus:

  • Discounted advertising in Glass Bead Evolution magazine
  • Hot link listing to your preferred online presence, such as a website or social network page, in all issues of Glass Bead Evolution
  • Link from the ISGB website to your own website
  • Affiliate Level listing on the ISGB website
  • Your logo posted on the ISGB Facebook page
  • Eligible to request a variety of printed ISGB material

Corporate Level, $250 

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If you are a business with glass beadmaking customers and products other than handmade glass beads, this is the place to market your company. You will have the same benefits as Individual, Affiliate, and Professional Level members plus:

  • Link from the ISGB website to your business website
  • Expanded hot link listing to your preferred online presence, such as a website or social network page, in all issues of Glass Bead Evolution
  • Discounted Technical Vendor booth fees for The Gathering  
  • Corporate Level listing on the ISGB website
  • Sponsorship and marketing opportunities


International Members
International Members have all of the benefits associated with their dues level and, if outside of North America, can apply for an International Scholarship to help offset the expenses of attending The Gathering. There are no extra costs for International Membership.


Mailing Policy

All Members will receive digital issues of Glass Bead Evolution magazine and The Gathering information. All other official correspondence and notifications will be sent electronically to the email address you provide on your Membership Application.

To receive official correspondence as determined by ISGB by regular mail instead of email ($10 additional fee), please check the appropriate box on your Membership Application. Please note: ALL members automatically receive Glass Bead Evolution via digital copy.

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