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AES Kicks Off $500,000 Fundraising Initiative

Society needs to raise funds because traditional sources of income interrupted by coronavirus

The Audio Engineering Society is seeking to raise $500,000 by June 1 in order to ensure its continued operation during the COVID-19 crisis

According to an announcement this week, AES has traditionally been kept afloat by events, which have been disrupted or cancelled due to the pandemic. Therefore, AES is reaching out to members and other industry stakeholders to participate in a fundraising campaign.

Thus far, according to AES President Agnieszka Roginska, the society has received about $23,000 in donations, and others have renewed or extended their AES memberships by paying their dues ahead of schedule. AES also suggests purchasing gift memberships as a way to support the society and its membership.

AES says it can accept contributions via the AES website or PayPal (use [email protected]). 

The campaign also has taken notes from public broadcasting’s playbook, introducing a special “sustaining member” status for those who contribute at the $400 or $500 levels; the status would last through July or December, depending on the amount.