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Why Join FEAST?

Feedback from our members (most recently at our annual TOWN HALL (January 2023) often speaks of FEAST’s strong sense of community and camaraderie, and of sharing and support. It’s a warm inclusive group drawn from many different countries (and not just in Asia - see membership category 4!) People join at us at different stages in their storytelling journey. Some are starting out and are keen to learn more about how to engage an audience, while others are looking for the finer 'nuances' from experienced tellers during our webinars. Others are looking for a community of like-minded people - possibly with a shared interest in say eco-telling or improvisation, or in using story to share cultural values.


The tangible benefits are:


  1. Regular webinars that offer you the chance to learn from experienced tellers as they share ideas on both the craft and the business of storytelling. Two mentorships every year each offer 4-5 members the chance to learn from a highly respected teller - in 2023 programmes will be on Eco-telling and Adult Performance Storytelling
  2. 3rd Annual Conference is a chance to meet fellow tellers, take part in practical workshops and see/hear lots of storytellers in action. We aim to rotate the conference around different Asian cities.
  3.  Although English is our main language of communication, we also welcome and celebrate tellers who tell in their Mother Tongue, and our programming always aims to include such stories and tellers.
  4. Storytelling sessions including story swaps (some of which are peer coached or have a guest teller providing coaching) Read 31 May Peer Reviewed Story Swap on the benefits of joining a Story Swap.
  5. Special Interest Groups (or SIGs) are a great way to meet like-minded members and to sharew ideas and resources , often while acquiring new skills The Story Wok is our podcast group; Plot Luck is for those who want to develop their skills in improvising stories, and the STORY GAMES SIG organises our bi-monthly fun sessions where the games all have a story-connection (of sorts!)
  6. FEAST was set up by the directors of storytelling festivals in Bangkok, Chennai, Jakarta, Kuching, Seoul and Singapore, so if you tell a story you may be talent-spotted! In 2022, three tellers presented a performance for an American corporate client, and in 2023 we began a collaboration with Six Feet Apart (a story production company in California) which is presenting four tellers from our FEAST FEST (2021) in a ticketed show. Both of these events meant paid work for the featured members.


 

Join FEAST Now

FEAST is currently transitioning its membership period to run from January to December (rather than the current July to June) We would prefer new members to opt for an extended initial membership subscription that is pro-rated to run through to 31 December 2025. It's less work for you (one payment) and us (one book-keeping entry) and probably reduces the fees deducted by Paypal or Stripe (if you use a credit card). If you consider how low our subscription fees are, you'll understand why minimising our costs is appreciated on any transaction!


However, we understand that you might prefer to play safe and opt for a short term pro-rated membership to December 2024 while you explore what FEAST can offer you.  If that is the case, do email us and let us know which kind of membership you are interested in (see below). We will create a membership and generate an invoice for you.

FEES

  1. All fees are in Singapore dollars (which hovers around $1.34 to the US dollar – Jan 2024). Please note that prices throughout our website are always in SINGAPORE dollars.
  2. As of 1st FEBRUARY 2024, all new memberships will follow the calendar year to December 31st.
  3. Fees are pro-rated monthly - see the chart
  4. FEAST accepts payment by Paypal and Credit Card (processed via Stripe) - you will be asked to choose your preferred mode of payment when you come to make payment.
  5. Note members/guests with a Singapore bank account are encouraged to use PayNow using our UEN: 201818697Z).

Why does FEAST charge fees?

Although FEAST is entirely run by volunteers (the Directors and FULCRUM members) some expenses are unavoidable and total around SGD$8,000 per year:

  • as a company limited by guarantee (the de facto legal framework for a non-profit company in Singapore) we need a company secretary (who only handles legal pro-forma matters, not the day-to-day running of FEAST!) We have to have an annual audit (and we pay a book-keeper to keep track of our monthly financials) and then file a tax return.
  • our annual subscriptions include paying Club Express ($7 a year for every member - that's alnmost 25% of a Community member's fee1) plus zoom, google drive for storage, facevbook advertising etc
  • our facilitators and mentors all receive an honorarium. It is considerably below what they might expect to receive from sharing thier expertise/time independently, so we are most grateful for their willingness to support us, but in total, the fees approach $3000 p.a.

Our model is to keep our membership fees low and to charge for the optional extras, allowing you to pick and choose which learning modules/mentorships are the most relevant for you. We are aware of the wide range of members' incomes, both when comparing countries in Asia and in terms of what storytellers can charge for their work. We also distinguish between members in Asia and those Not Resident here, and we offer members substantial discounts on ad hoc registrations to events. There are also free events such as Story Swaps.

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Membership Levels

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1) Professional
1) Professional
  • If you are already an active and capable storyteller who wants to market your skills and services to more clients/audiences at home and abroad, this category is for you! The benefits of professional membership are:
  • your experience, upload a photo gallery, links to sample videos and provide a link to your website, and social media;
  • members rates to all our events,
  • priority when it comes to Guest coaching sessions and most mentorship programmes
  • opportunity to refine your stories with culturally appropriate input from fellow members from Asia (and even beyond!)


Level 1: PROFESSIONAL $50.00 (SGD)

Subscription period: 1 year, from July 1st

No automatically recurring payments


  • Access to all resources
  • Priority for Guest coaching Swaps,
  • Mentorship fee (if your application to take part in a mentorship programme is successful) $30
  • Your personal profile in the Members’ Directory
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2) Community
2) Community
  • If you are interested in storytelling but you are still developing the skills and experience to become a more confident and effective teller, or if you prefer to tell simply for fun (eg within your family or community) or as part of your work (eg as teachers, librarians, counsellors), this is the group for you. You will;
  • have the opportunity to tell in a supportive environment,
  • gain exposure to stories from diverse cultural sources.


Level 2: COMMUNITY $30.00 (SGD)

Subscription period: 1 year, from July 1st

No automatically recurring payments


  • Access to all resources
  • Mentorship fee (if your application to take part in a mentorship programme is successful) $50
  • Your personal profile in the Members’ Directory


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3) Young Storyteller
3) Young Storyteller

We define 'young' as 16-30 years of age



  • your membership also gives you free access to all the FEAST Learning Capsule. These are 75-90 minute skill-sharing sessions by highly experienced sotrytellers on a wide range of subjects. We encourage you to learn from our collective expertise. Do note you need to REGISTER for each learning capsule


  • You are also entitled to up to 50% discount on the Conference fee.


Level 3: YOUNG STORYTELLER - $20.00 (SGD)

Subscription period: 1 year, from July 1st

No automatically recurring payments


  • Free registration for all Learning Capsules
  • Up to 50% discount on the Annual Conference fee.


Eligibility:


  • Aged between 16 -30 (proof of age required - eg student ID)
  • You must be Resident in Asia.

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4) Not-Resident in Asia*
4) Not-Resident in Asia*
  • FEAST welcomes storytellers everywhere who have an interest in Asian stories and we are delighted to welcome members from Canada, USA, Ireland, Norway and Argentina (the list is growing!) on a regular basis. Benefits:
  • Discover Asian stories told by Asian tellers
  • Significant savings on the event registration fees


Level 4: NOT RESIDENT IN ASIA $45.00 (SGD)

Subscription period: 1 year, from July 1st

No automatically recurring payments

Please see our definition of the 48 countries in Asia


  • Access to all resources
  • Mentorship fee (if your application to take part in a mentorship programme is successful) $70
  • Your personal profile in the Members’ Directory


*How do we define Asia?


If you are resident in one of these 48 countries Countries of Asia and you consider yourself to be in Asia, we are happy to accept you as a member of FEAST:


Afghanistan, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Israel, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Philippines, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Thailand, Timor-Leste, Turkey, Turkmenistan, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen.


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5) Institutional
5) Institutional

This is for organisations which run or promote storytelling events, and other organisations that wish to be affiliated with FEAST and our network of tellers (such as book councils, libraries, educational institutions with storytelling programmes, publishers, or media and content producer).


The Institution will have its profile page – a section in mother Tongue where appropriate – would be very welcome. We invite you to promote any of your events which you feel would be of interest to our members – both through the website and our social media channels.


Up to 5 members of your institution can register for any FEAST event at the member rate.



Level 5: INSTITUTIONAL $200.00 (SGD)

Subscription period: 1 year, from July 1st

No automatically recurring payments


  • Access to all resources
  • Your own institution page with logo, photo and link to your website
  • Up to 5 members of your institution can register for any FEAST event at the member rate


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6) Institutional: Story Festival
6) Institutional: Story Festival

We are keen to be connected with Story Festivals, not only in Asia but around the world and therefore offer this special category.


It offers you your own profile page. (with website, logo and a write-up on your Festival programming) and the chance to send two representatives to the Conference at Members rates.


Level 6: INSTITUTIONAL: STORY FESTIVAL $150.00 (SGD)

Subscription period: 1 year, from July 1st

No automatically recurring payments


  • This discounted rate is only for Storytelling Festivals. Benefits are:


  • Access to all resources
  • Your own profile page with Festival logo, photo and link to your website
  • Two representatives of your organisation can attend the conference at the member rate




MEMBERSHIP enquiries:

membershipfeast@gmail.com


STORE related enquiries:

storefeast@gmail.com


Story Swap related enquiries: feaststoryswap@gmail.com


Webinar related enquiries: feastwebinars@gmail.com