The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society has nine classes of membership correlating to the contribution amount.
$50 to $99
$100 to $249
$250 to $499
$500 to $999
$1,000 to $1,999
$2,000 to $3,499
$3,500 to $4,999
$5,000 to $9,999
$10,000 + more
All classes of members are listed in the concert programs. Membership in the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society entitles you to sit on the Board of Directors if elected.
To become a member
Complete the printable Membership Form and mail it.
Use the Donate feature through PayPal. You may note “Member Dues” in the Special Instructions box on the PayPal site.
We will automatically place you in the correct class of membership.
As a member of the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society you have the satisfaction of giving your support to a nonprofit group, founded and organized by your neighbors, and dedicated to the purpose of sponsoring fine music events within the Santa Maria Valley, for the enjoyment by the public and as a cultural experience for local school children.
The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society is a nonprofit public benefit corporation organized under the California Nonprofit Public Benefit Corporation Law for public and charitable purposes. Anyone who supports the goals of the Society may become a member upon contribution of annual dues. You will have voting privileges at the annual meeting each June in accordance with the bylaws. The Santa Maria Philharmonic Society has qualified as a tax-exempt organization under IRS Code Section 501(c)(3), hence your contribution should be tax-deductible under IRS Code Section 2522 (a)(2). For all tax matters, please consult with your tax accountant.
Examples of how your membership monies are spent at the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society: Music for concerts; Marketing: Posters, Printing; Venue Rental; Salaries for Musicians; Office Rent; Stage Manager; Guest Artists Fees; Hotel Accommodations for Musicians and Guest Artists; Concert program printing; Newspaper advertising; Utility Costs (Electricity, Telephone); Piano Rental; Taxes; Insurance; Children’s Programs; Computer Anti-virus Software; Postage; and more.
Cash Donation – Direct donations can be listed in your IRS filing as approved contribution deductibles. The SM Philharmonic is a 501(c) (3) non-profit organization.
Donation of Stock – If you purchased stock at a considerably lower price than the present market, it may be wise to contribute the stock rather than cash. You are given IRS tax credit for the market value of the stock at the time of the donation. However, you do not have to account for the capitol gain, avoiding what may be a considerable addition to your tax liability.
Pledge – You may choose to give a designated amount each month and request monthly billing from the Philharmonic Society (or handle it in your own way).
Matching Grants – Your donations to the Santa Maria Philharmonic Society are tax deductible and may also qualify for a matching grant from your employer.
Charitable Trusts – There are several methods involving trust accounts that can reduce income tax burdens while supporting your desired non-profit organization such as the Philharmonic. The details need to be discussed with a tax advisor or attorney or investment counselor, and the types include Charitable Lead Trusts and Charitable Remainder Trusts.
Family Trusts – Your family trust can include a directive to provide a legacy gift to a named charity upon the demise of the originating trustees. This type of deferred giving can be changed or amended at any time by the trustee if desired, and is protective of your assets during your lifetime.