It’s the end of the financial year and that usually means that it’s time to renew your BUMS Inc Membership. However we find ourselves in strange and discordant times, and so a decision was taken by your management committee, that all current memberships will be extended until 31 December.

One of the big perks of being a BUMS Financial Member is free entry into all of our jams and the eligibility to join one of our community bands. As social distancing and current Covid-19 restrictions are keeping us from gathering for jams and practices, the ways we interact with our community have changed for the near future, and BUMS mission is to help our members and community stay positive and connected.

This means ALL current financial members and extraordinary associate members will keep all the rights and privileges they currently hold even if we get back to jamming before the end of the year.


All BUMS members are invited to join our private Facebook group called, you guessed it, BUMS Online! The group has grown rapidly to support and help our members with all things ukulele including sharing songs, performances from home, discussions, reviews, tutorials, and our popular live-streaming jams. We currently have 295 members active online and there is lots happening!

We are up to our eighth Big Uke Jam Online on 1 July 2020. Jam #8 features sets from Mama Juju & The Jam Tarts, David Hethorn, David Pedler & Lyn Lucas, Caroline Haig, Adrian Board, and Spare Parts with Max Borchardt as MC.

If you use Facebook and have not yet joined BUMS Online come and check it out https://www.facebook.com/groups/BUMSmembers

If you are not a current financial member (Jul 2019- Dec 2020) you can join as an extraordinary associate member to be accepted into the BUMS Online Facebook Group. All you need to know HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: BUMS Online is a safe, supportive space for our community and is moderated. You MUST be either a current financial member OR an extraordinary associate member BEFORE being accepted as a member of the BUMS Online Group. Non-members will be declined. 


For those who have paid their dues current financial members (Jul 2019- Dec 2020) also still have
• The right to vote at general meetings. AGM scheduled for October 2020.
• To nominate for positions on the society’s management committee.
• Eligibility to be promoted on our ukulele performers and ukulele teachers web pages.
• Eligibility to sell your old uke via our website or social media when you upgrade your instrument.


The New Year will be a new start for BUMS. ALL memberships will be due for renewal and the extraordinary associate membership period will end.

The good news is that there will be a reduced fee of $25 for this Jan 2020 – Jul 2021 period.

Don’t worry we’ll let you know all about it in December. BUMS Membership would make a great Christmas gift!

Membership fees help BUMS Inc to

  • maintain our performance and audio visual equipment,
  • hire venues for jams,
  • offset the costs of concerts and workshops so members receive discounts,
  • and run our biennial ukulele festival, SPRUKE.

BUMS is planning to support our ukulele community and performers with some exciting events, concerts and workshops as soon as it is safe for us all to gather again.

Due to its success, the BUMS Online Members Group is expected to also continue and will become one of the perks of continuing BUMS membership.