GAL NEWS & UPDATES – DECEMBER 2020 • IT’S RENEWAL TIME! Now’s the time for all 2020 members to renew their membership in the Guild for 2021. Renew now to get your 2021 GAL wall calendar! • There’s still time to join or renew for 2020 and get all our great 2020 issues. You’ll get the spring and summer 2020 issues, plus our newest Anthology Book, Classical Guitars, right away, and then the winter issue at the end of December. • Can’t join or renew due to financial hardship? We can help! Read about our new GAL Membership Grant Program on our membership page. • Want to help more luthiers who are experiencing financial hardship get GAL Membership? Donate to our GAL Membership Grant Program! • We are currently filling all orders. Due to continued community spread of the virus in our area, our staff is working staggered hours, so please be patient and expect that there may be minor delays with your order or in responding to emails. Check our shipping info for usual shipping times. Consider that there may be shipping disruptions or delays in your area/country due to the effects of the pandemic. If you have a question about your order, please contact us through our website contact form. • Our American Lutherie publication schedule will be able to continue without interruption this year! We plan to publish American Lutherie this year as usual, with all the great content and quality that our members expect from the Guild. Our printer in Missouri has several separate locations and are considered critical infrastructure, so they should be able keep their presses rolling. This is a great time to join or renew your membership in the Guild! • We continue to add new articles to our members-only Premium Web Content. If you joined or renewed your Guild membership for 2020 on this website (after August 2019), you have access to the Premium Web Content. If you need help logging in, contact us and we’ll get you set up! Hint: If you forget which email you used and your password, try using your user name, which is usually your first and last name with a period between, no caps. (Example: John Luthier’s user name would be john.luthier) Then request a new password. • Our 23rd GAL Convention/Exhibition, which was canceled due to the pandemic, is being rescheduled for Summer 2022. Watch our convention page for updates. • We send our best wishes to all our members and customers, and hope everyone stays safe and well during this difficult time. Luthiers are in a unique position to be productive at home, so we hope you’ll be able to continue to create many beautiful instruments!