Date: Friday, 16th October 2020
Contributor: Board of Directors - HQ
2021 Band Fees
For the attention of all Band Secretaries:
There is no doubt that this has been a difficult year for many if not all of us, and it looks like it's not over yet. The loss of our five Major Championships clearly had a major effect on the financial position of the Association, however we have managed to keep going by attracting some funding and by tightly managing our costs, including placing our HQ staff on furlough since 1st April.
At this point in time, we are still hopeful of a season of some sort next year, but at present we do not yet know what that will look like. However, as in previous years, we need to start preparing now for the coming season. We have already had discussions with some of our current promoters and are arranging to speak to the remainder shortly. They too have their challenges as it is likely that there will still be restrictions in place for mass gatherings next year, as well as a number of specific and detailed guidelines that will need to be followed.
As there are a number of administration and financial tasks to be undertaken, as well as preparing the various schedules and allocations for next season, it is our intention to bring our staff back, albeit on reduced hours, from 1st November when the Government's current job retention scheme comes to an end. However, where feasible, we will be asking the staff to work from home, in line with current government guidance.
Throughout the period from 1st April, we still needed to meet the general overheads and running costs, as well as the balance of staff costs which fell outside the furlough scheme, and from 1st November, we will see these costs increase further.
As a result, the Board have agreed to keep the Band Registration Fees the same as last year. If paid before 30th November 2020 the fees are as follows:
Some local UK Branches have themselves agreed to suspend their Branch fees for the 2020/21 season to help reduce the costs to the bands.
- UK Novice Band £190 +Vat
- UK Adult Band £210 +Vat
- Non UK Novice Band £95.00
- Non UK Adult Band £105.00
We hope that you understand the need to support your Association through the payment of these registration fees in order that we can continue to function as an organisation, support and administer the membership of the bands and our volunteers, and prepare to run the five Major Championships in 2021 and beyond.
You can make payment now by going to the Shop then Online Contest Entries, or clicking the following link - https://rspba.org/shop/dueslistbands.php
Thank you for your help and support.
The Board of Directors
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