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We appreciate your membership in the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), and acknowledge that your investment in the AAMC is a choice you make carefully. It is our goal to continue to earn your support through exceptional service and strong advocacy for the field.


Why did dues increase?

AAMC has continued to expand its programming, outreach and support on behalf of our members and the greater curatorial field. We continue to do so despite the increasing costs of delivering and administering membership benefits. In order to ensure a high level of service and the future growth of the organization, a modest dues increase is necessary.

When did this go into effect?

The new dues rates took effect on Tuesday, March 1, 2016.

When was the last time dues were raised?

The last dues increase for the AAMC was in 2014, the first for many levels of dues. 

What are the new membership dues rates?

$65 for members earning up to $50,000

$130 for members earning between $50,000 and $80,000

$230 for members earning over $80,000

What added value is being offered with the dues increase?

The AAMC is continuously expanding its programming and networking opportunities, with a positive increase in opportunities over the last two years. Since 2014, AAMC hosted seven webinars versus three in the two years prior; expanded the conference to four days with additional content and networking; formerly launched the Mentorship Program and the Samuel H. Kress AAMC Fellowship at the American Academy in Rome; and partnered with organizations such as AAMD and ADAA for programming. 

How do the new dues rates compare to those of similar professional organizations?

AAMC dues remain low in comparison with similar organizations with comparable benefits.

What if I am an independent curator?

Current members that are Independent Curators should renew at the appropriate standard membership level.  Curators not at an organization will need to submit a letter of interest and resume to be vetted by the Membership Committee prior to being accepted.  They should apply based on the categories outlined above. 

Whom do I contact with questions?

Please contact the AAMC offices directly with any questions, at or +1 (646) 405.8057.  


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