Members receive these basic benefits, plus category benefits as listed:
The value of the above basic benefits will not be subtracted from the amount that is tax-deductible because the cost of items is less than $11.30. This follows IRS rules.
Bronze Member - $6 per month or $60 annually
$10 credit* toward tickets, films, and Gathering merchandise.
Silver Member - $12 per month or $120 annually
$20 credit* toward tickets, films, and Gathering merchandise.
Gold Member - $24 per month or $240 annually
$40 credit* toward tickets, films, and Gathering merchandise.
Supporting Member - $50 per month or $500 annually
$75 credit* toward tickets, films, and Gathering merchandise.
Partner Member - $100 per month or $1000 annually
$100 credit* toward tickets, films, and Gathering merchandise.
Benefits apply to all memberships purchased on or after July 1, 2022.
* Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Following Internal Revenue Service (IRS) rules, a tax deduction receipt will be issued to members and donors at time of annual payment (or final monthly payment). Members will have the option of whether to claim any benefit credit offered in accordance with value of member fee. If benefit credit is claimed, it can be applied by the member to the purchase of tickets, film rentals or film DVDs, and Gathering merchandise within one year of the date of issuance. Maximum credit through member benefits is $100 per calendar year per person.
Members help sustain the Gathering. Regular, monthly contributions and new memberships tell us that you appreciate the Gathering, and want it to continue, grow, and thrive. Your support demonstrates that we are a publicly-supported organization worthy of our 501(c)(3) tax-exempt status.
The Lone Star Cowboy Poetry Gathering is a huge project. Imagine planning one performance, with one performer, backup musicians, and an audience. You would need to book a performance space; contract with the performers; arrange for the right sound equipment; advertise the show; sell tickets, making sure not to overfill the venue; recruit donors and sponsors; and so on. Now multiply that work for 7 ticketed shows, 30+ free performances, a keynote address, 2 breakfasts, and 2 suppers, and you have some idea of what the Gathering looks like behind the scenes. It's really almost 50 events packed into 2 short days.
"Why do it, then?" you might ask. "Why tackle something on this scale?" Because the benefits don't just add up — they multiply! It's so exciting to have so many great performers in one small town, working together, learning from each other.
Members support the Gathering all year round, which enables us to make the details happen.