Introducing Handbell Commons

Exhibits, Networking & Community Plaza

An exciting part of this year’s event is the new Handbell Commons.  This area will be the hub of all social activities during the event including vendor booths, our annual Silent Auction, nightly Happy Hours, the Welcome Reception, the Gala Banquet, daily grab-n-go breakfast and lunch, and a new Community Plaza, giving individual members and handbell ensembles the opportunity to exhibit at the event.

NEW Handbell Commons

When not in class sessions, Handbell Commons will be THE place to be! In addition to being home to our fabulous vendor area, Handbell Commons will be the hub of all social activities during the event.

  • Vendor booth shopping
  • Annual Silent Auction
  • Daily Happy Hours
  • Welcome Reception
  • Gala Banquet
  • Daily grab-n-go breakfast and lunch options
  • Hangout Areas
  • Community Plaza
  • Pop-Up Prize Drawings during the posted shopping times
  • Finale and Sibelius Help Desk staffed by Cathy and David Moklebust

Community Plaza

New to National Seminar this year, we are offering exhibit opportunities to our non-business members. The Community Plaza will be an open courtyard within the normal exhibit area of Handbell Commons. This space will allow individual members to promote a product, event, or service. It also provides handbell ensembles with a space to share information about their programs, sell merchandise such as CDs and DVDs, and recruit members.

Exhibit & Vendor Options

Standard vendor booths are available to HMA Business members. Options are also available for non-members. Details are available below.

Basic Booth

Cost: $350 (HMA Business Member)/$525 (Non-member)

Includes:

  • 3-sided pipe and drape 10’ x 10’ booth
  • One 6’ skirted table, two chairs, one waste can
  • Identifying booth sign
  • Option to donate merchandise for in daily drawings
  • Access to vendor lounge (coffee and tea provided)
  • 1/8 page ad in print program
Deluxe Booth

Cost: $400 (HMA Business Member)/$600 (Non-member)

Includes:

  • All Basic Booth features
  • 75-minute Showcase – we will equip room with 2 sets of bells and chimes, keyboard, LCD projector/screen
  • Upgrade to 1/4 page ad in print program
Additional Booths

Cost: $325 (HMA Business Member)/$500 (Non-member)

  • 3-sided pipe and drape 10’ x 10’ booth
  • One 6’ skirted table, two chairs, one waste can
  • Identifying booth sign

Reservation Process

Exhibit & Vendor Booths

  • To reserve your booth(s), click the Reserve button below.
  • A $100 deposit is required with your reservation. The deposit is refundable if the in-person event is canceled.
  • Questions regarding booth options should be directed to Jennifer Vangolen, Vendor Coordinator, vendors@handbellmusicians.org.

Reserve Space

 

Community Plaza

New to National Seminar this year, we are offering exhibit opportunities to our non-business members. The Community Plaza will be an open courtyard within the normal exhibit area of Handbell Commons. This space will allow individual members to promote a product, event, or service. It also provides handbell ensembles with a space to share information about their programs, sell merchandise such as CDs and DVDs, and recruit members.

Consider these ideas of how you might take advantage of this opportunity

  • Crafters and hobbyists: create your own on-site “Etsy” shop
  • HMA Areas: promote the events and services available to your members
  • Ensembles and soloists: sell your CDs and DVDs and recruit members
  • Handbell coaches and clinicians: share information about the services you offer
  • Entrepreneurs: market your products and ideas

Cost: $150

Includes:

  • One 6’ skirted table with two chairs in an open courtyard setting
  • Listing in printed event program and event app
  • Limit one table per person/organization

Terms and Conditions

  • Hours for the Community Plaza match those listed on the schedule for the Handbell Commons.
  • You should plan to have your table staffed anytime the Handbell Commons is open and no other event activities are scheduled.
  • The number of tables in the Community Plaza is limited, so be sure to apply early.
  • Tables will not have access to power and the display area is limited to the table top and directly behind the table.
  • Depending on what you offer at your table, you may be subject to Arizona “Transaction Privilege Tax” (sales tax). Visit https://azdor.gov/transaction-privilege-tax-tpt to determine your responsibilities.
  • All Community Plaza applications will be reviewed by and are subject to the approval of the planning committee. Activities, products, and services in the Community Plaza cannot conflict with the goals and mission of HMA or negatively impact other aspects of the event.
  • We appreciate your flexibility as we work through the logistics of this new feature for National Seminar, and we reserve the right to modify the guidelines at any time for the mutual benefit of all our members and event attendees.
  • Event registration is not required; table registration allows for 2 staff to access Handbell Commons only. Access to classes and concerts is not included.

Questions should be directed to Jennifer Vangolen, Vendor Coordinator, vendors@handbellmusicians.org

 

Reserve Community Table

Silent Auction

You can help HMA even more and help provide more fun to National Seminar with a donation to the silent auction. GO HERE for details and to submit items.

Exhibit Opportunities for Vendors

To learn more about exhibiting at National Seminar, visit our HANDBELL COMMONS page.

Become a Sponsor

You can help National Seminar be the very best it can be. GO HERE to find out how you can sponsor our flagship at any level.

Registration

Registration details can be found HERE.

Event Schedules

General Event Schedule
Daily Class Schedule

Pre-registration is required for all Seminar classes. To help you plan which classes you wish to take before completing the online registration process, you may download and fill out the following Personal Event Schedule Planner.

DOWNLOAD PERSONAL EVENT PLANNER

Policy Regarding the Use of Tablets to Hold Music

Handbell Musicians of America recognizes that many musicians are using tablet computers instead of traditional music stands to hold music and that some among our membership would like to use this option when participating in ringing and performance activities at national events. This practice is not directly addressed in copyright law nor has there been enough case law to establish a standard practice for this activity.

We support and encourage the development of new technologies, techniques, and innovations that will continue to help us achieve our mission of furthering the art of handbell and handchime ringing. At the same time, we have a fiduciary responsibility to uphold the copyright laws of the United States. To that end, we have consulted with music publishers and copyright attorneys to develop the following policy regarding the use of tablets at our events.

Handbell Musicians of America is committed to upholding the copyright laws of the United States and protecting the rights of our publishers, arrangers and composers. If you wish to use a tablet computer to hold your music in place of standard paper copies on a music stand, you must contact the publisher of each piece of music to first obtain permission to convert a purchased piece of music to the format required for the tablet you are using. Copies of the written permission received from publishers must be presented on request from the event organizer, event chair, or Handbell Musicians of America staff. Permission from a publisher for one piece does not imply permission for other songs from the same publisher. The title of each song used in this format must be included in the written permission received. Attendee should also have legally purchased copies of all music with them for verification.

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