Manufacturing Jewelers & Suppliers of America has introduced an "Artisan" membership category, providing a cost-effective way for smaller jewelry makers to take advantage of the association’s many informational benefits.
Priced at $95 and available to companies that have three or fewer employees and are not engaged in mass production, the MJSA Artisan membership includes:
• A subscription to MJSA Journal, the association’s award-winning monthly magazine, which features technical and business insights into the design, making, and sale of jewelry. The subscription also includes the yearly MJSA Events Calendar and the annual Technology Sourcebook, as well as the annual Thinking Ahead issue that recognizes innovation in jewelry making.
• Free Journal back articles covering all aspects of jewelry making and design, for which non-members must pay $5 per page. MJSA members refer to and cite back articles from MJSA’s respected archives for their usefulness long after the publication date.
• Discounts on MJSA Press books. Recent titles include the award-winning Profiting by Design: A Jewelry Maker’s Guide to Business Success by Marlene Richey; The Jeweler’s Bench Book by Charles Lewton-Brain; and 101 Bench Tips for Jewelers by Alan Revere.
• Usage of the MJSA logo on all promotional materials, including websites, identifying the company as a member of a professional organization.
"The MJSA Artisan membership category offers a new entry point for jewelers to access well-researched information that will enable them to grow their businesses," says MJSA President/CEO David Cochran. "Our members include some of the industry’s most renowned jewelers and craftpersons, many of whom have generously shared their expertise in MJSA articles and books. The Artisan membership will now enable even more companies to benefit from such hard-earned wisdom, while at the same time enabling them to show their dedication to the industry-which typically inspires trust among customers."
Artisan members can upgrade at any time to a Guild membership in MJSA, which enables them to enjoy all of the association’s benefits. These include discounts on products and services from fellow members in the Member-to-Member (M2M) program; help with press releases and photography through the PR & Pix program; inclusion of products and services in MJSA’s Buyer’s Guide Online; and access to up-to-the minute research on topics such as product trends, custom design, and legislative and legal issues that arise for jewelry makers (such as recent controversies over lead and cadmium in jewelry). Guild membership costs $230.
To learn more, e-mail MJSA Sales Manager Corrie Silvia or contact her at 1-800-444-MJSA (6572).