A Message from the Chairman, September, 2015

Occasionally, people ask me, “Why should I join the IJA?”  This is a very reasonable question, given that many people associate the IJA with our annual festival and our free online content.  But just what do people get out of joining the IJA these days?  Well, I’m happy to talk about some of the great perks of becoming an IJA member.

Our members-only IJA video library continues to expand with more and more content.  After an editing delay, we are pleased to finally have our full 2013 festival video being released in installments on eJuggle for IJA members.  Our 2014 video is currently being edited and we hope to have that online soon as well.  Additionally, we will be offering Nathan-Biggs Penton’s new juggling film “Red” in the coming weeks to our members only library.  Very cool!

If you perform in any capacity, whether it be as a full-time professional or as a part-time hobbiest, you may be interested to know that IJA members are eligible to join our new Performer’s Liability Insurance policy.  We were caught off guard recently when our previous policy changed and we had to explore different options.  After working with our Client Advocate for months to obtain the most affordable plan with the best coverage for our membership, our new policy is now live!  Not only does it match our previous policy’s terms, but we have even managed to streamline the sign up process, allowing people to join the IJA, sign up for insurance coverage, and receive coverage certificates immediately with no wait time.

IJA members also receive some great discounts.  Our Vendor Discount Program has a variety of discounts available to IJA members from a multitude of diverse partnering vendors.  Members also get discounts on official IJA merchandise from the IJA store, on items such as T-shirts, DVDs and magazines.

The International Jugglers’ Association is a volunteer-run organization.  By joining, you are also helping to keep our operations going and supporting some of our year-round programs, such as our IJA Regional Competitions and our Youth Juggling Academy.

Do you have a membership idea or something you would like to see the IJA offer its members?  Feel free to drop us a line.  We’re always open to hear about how we can better render assistance to fellow jugglers.

Juggle on,

Nathan Wakefield
IJA Chairman

Nathan Wakefield

Nathan is a juggler from Southeast Michigan. He first learned to juggle in college, and has written for the website Streetjuggling.com. He previously served as Chairman of the IJA and also held various officer positions. When he is not frantically trying to learn new manipulation skills, he enjoys producing music, acting, and watching horror films.

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