Which Band Fanclubs Are Worth Joining
In an earlier post I mentioned joining mailing lists and fan clubs for bands. So I thought I would give you a few pointers on finding those fan clubs that are worth the time to join. There are some helpful sites out there that are a kind of hub for all fan clubs. One such site is MFC, or Music Fan Club. Here you will find all genres and styles of the top fan sites for your favorite bands. They also offer a forum and fan community section so you can talk and swap stories about your favorites.
There are some risks when joining a fan club, such as what happens if the band breaks up. Not all paid fan club memberships will be refunded if the band splits up. A good fan club needs to be good value for money, meaning they need to offer the fans something that is worth their while, and their funds.
A good fan club will offer competitions for member to win band related items for example. A lot of the paid for clubs also offer members free backstage passes and other freebies for shows like members only discounts. And a good fan club always offers up to date information to its fan base, some of which includes links to downloads for a new song that they get to hear before the rest of the world does!
What it boils down to is this; a fan club is meant to serve its community of loyal fans. When it turns into a profiteering endeavor then it serves no one but the people running it.
Here is one good example of a worthwhile fan club to join.
This is the fan club for Metallica and what they offer their members is a good example of what makes a fan club worth joining. Some of the things you get when joining are:
- A chance to meet the band at their pre-show Meet n Greet gathering
- Pre-sale ticket when they go on tour and a chance to get better seats
- Offers for buying limited items
- Access to the clubs message forum
- Discounts on items sold in the clubs online shop Metstore
- Quarterly issues of their “So What” magazine that talks about behind the scenes going on for the band.
- A yearly membership package that includes photos and a t-shirt
- Exclusive website content like videos
- Contests to win passes to exclusive shows
The majority of the fan club sites that are worth joining tend to follow along the same lines as Metclub, offering member’s only discounts and gifts.
Some fan clubs are free to join and tend to only offer updates and a forum for fan members to talk about their favorite group or singer. One example is the Kelly Clarkson Fan Club page which offers a community online for fans, delivers the latest news about her tours, posts new videos, photos and music and updates fans on Kelly related news. If this is more your style you can find a list of these types of fan club sites on fanbuff.com.
Clubs that are not worth joining are those that are unorganized, don’t even offer news updates, and generally make the member feel unappreciated. Be careful of those that are asking for a hefty membership fee with very little to offer in return. Check to see if the stuff they are offering fans, such as photos and news info, aren’t things you can already get for free anyway.