Membership | Brass Bands England

You can become a member of BBE either as an organisation or as an individual


This is where you will find answers to questions about joining BBE, how to pay, how to set up and manage your own account and access member resources.


Why should we join Brass Bands England?

See our 'Join Us' page which lists some of the benefits, discounts, training and advice available to our members.

How can my band apply to join BBE?

Applying to join BBE is a quick and simple process.  Visit the Join Us page to join and pay online.

Can individuals or members of BBCA (formerly NABBC) join BBE?

You can join BBE as an individual, see Individual Membership.  Joining as an individual gives you access to the same advice, help and support, and includes offers such as discount on personal insurance. If you are a member of the BBCA your membership includes individual membership of BBE, see Individual and NABBC Membership.

What sort of bands can join BBE?

If your organisation is a wind band, steel, band or other sort of musical group that includes some brass players, then you're welcome to join BBE.  Bands from Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland can also join Brass Bands England.  We welcome bands that contest, bands that don't contest, and all types of community bands.

How much does it cost to join BBE?

See our Membership Prices

How do I set up a Direct Debit if I have more than one signatory on my bank account?

Click here to download a Direct Debit Mandate.  Simply complete and email to or post to the BBE office.  We will do the rest.

Can I pay by cheque?

Paying by cheque incurs an extra £25 processing fee and also means that you won’t benefit from the 2.5% discount available when setting up a recurring payment.  If you do need to pay by cheque, cheques are payable to ‘Brass Bands England’.

Will I receive a receipt for my payment?

When you make your membership payment online, or when your cheque has been received, you will receive a receipt by email, generated by BBE’s membership system.

What if my organisation requires an invoice?

If for example your organisation is a school or is run by a local authority that requires an invoice prior to payment, BBE can generate an invoice by special request to  Please include the organisation name and email address.

How do I access the Member Resources?

You first need to create an account for yourself on the BBE website.  

How do I set up my own account with BBE?

(Each person should have their own account, rather than share one account across the organisation).

Click on ‘Member Login’ at the top right-hand side of the BBE website.  If you have not already created an account for yourself when you joined online, click on ‘create account’ and complete this form.  

How do I associate my account with that of my band?

Once logged in, click on ‘Member Dashboard’.  You will see ‘My Account’. Use the ‘Register as part of a band’ to associate yourself with a band.  This will notify your band admin, who will approve your registration and assign you appropriate permissions. If there is a problem with this, eg your band admin has left your band, please email This will give you access to the Member Resources area of the website.  Note to Band Admins - when you receive a link to approve someone as a member of your band you need to log into the BBE website first using your own account.

If you have joined as an individual you will automatically be able to access the Member Resources Area through your account.

I have joined BBE and want to change my contact details or add other members of my organisation

Log in to your account (see above for how to create an account).  To change your own details click on the + next to ‘My Account’. To change or add other members, see the options under ‘My Group’.  This is where you can invite new members.

How can I become a band admin or give someone admin permissions?

Ask your band admin to give you admin permissions if you need to manage your group or use the BOPA for child performance licences.  If you are a band admin, you can give admin permissions to your members by going to the 'My Group' dashboard, and clicking edit next to a person's name, then select 'group admin'.

How do I renew my membership?

You will receive an automated email a month prior to your membership renewal date to notify you that your membership is due for renewal.  If you have set up a recurring payment, then as long as your bank account details remain the same, you don't need to do anything.  If they have changed, please notify us.  If you pay annually, then visit the Join Us page and join as if you were a new band (the system will recognise that you are an existing member).  Remember, if you choose to set up a recurring payment then you benefit from a 2.5% discount.

Where can I find more information?

If you are already a member, you can access the Welcome Guide and the following videos to help you get started:  How to log in and  Welcome to the new website

Who do I contact if I have a membership query?

Please email: or ring the National Office on 01226 771015, and select option 1 for Membership.  We will be happy to help.