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Membership Levels and Fees

The following are available membership levels. See also Discounted Multi-year Memberships.

FULL $18,000
Full Membership in the Consortium gives your company or organization the most direct access to information on the Unicode Standard, the Unicode Locales Project (CLDR), and the Unicode Localization Interoperability Project. Decisions affecting implementation and news about Unicode-related products are at your disposal. You are an active participant in shaping future enhancements to these Unicode standards, data, and initiatives, and you financially support the existence and maintenance of the Unicode Web and FTP sites, where updates and changes are posted. As a Full Member, your organization has full access to email lists and technical committee meetings and receives one vote in all technical committees including the right to vote for the board and the right to vote at Full membership meetings.
INSTITUTIONAL $12,000 / $10,000 (for Qualified Educational Institutions)
Institutional membership is open to qualified institutions of higher education, government ministries and standardization bodies, and 501-C (3) or similar non-profit corporations of any size. This level of membership allows such institutions to contribute effectively to the technical work of the Consortium. As an Institutional member, your organization has full access email lists and technical committee meetings and receives one vote in all technical committees. This does not include the right to vote for the board nor the right to vote at Full membership meetings.
SUPPORTING $7,500
Supporting Membership is open to companies with fewer than 500 employees and non-profit or educational institutions of any size, allowing them to participate in the ongoing work of the Consortium. As a Supporting members, your organization has full access to email lists and technical committee meetings and receives half a vote in all technical committees. This does not include the right to vote for the board nor the right to vote at Full membership meetings.
ASSOCIATE $2,500 / $1,500 (for Non-Profit)
Associate Membership is an opportunity for corporations, institutions, and other organizations that want to support the Unicode Consortium publicly without participating as voting members. As an Associate member, your organization has full access to email lists and technical committee meetings allowing you to contribute to the ongoing development of the Unicode Standard.
INDIVIDUAL $75
If you are a technical professional in the areas of software globalization, software internationalization, or font technology, joining the Unicode Consortium demonstrates your commitment to your field. As an Individual member, you have full access to email lists and technical committee meetings which allows you to contribute to the ongoing development of the Unicode Standard.
STUDENT $35
Students can also join the Unicode Consortium to have full access to email lists and technical meetings and learn about the development process of the Unicode Standard and other Unicode technical publications. A valid student ID is required to join at this level.
LIAISON By invitation
Liaison Membership in the Unicode Consortium is offered by invitation only to standards and research organizations that have interests in common with the Consortium, particularly in technical areas. Liaison representatives have primary responsibility for the interchange of information between the two parties. As a Liaison member, your organization has full access to email lists and technical committee meetings which allows it to contribute to the ongoing development of the Unicode Standard.

Discounted Multi-year Memberships

The Unicode Consortium offers special discounted rates for multiple-year memberships at all levels. The table below shows these discounted rates when paying for long-term memberships.

Membership Term Discount Rate
10 years 20%
5 years 10%
3 years 6%

The specified discount rate may be applied when paying for a multiple year term. To calculate the amount of a payment, multiply the standard rate by the number of years, and deduct the percentage.

For example, if the annual Individual Member rate is $75 per year, when paying for a term of ten years, the total discounted amount would be $600 (($75 × 10) × 80%) for a savings of $150 over the price of ten annual payments.

About Membership Fees

Full, Institutional, Supporting, Associate, Individual, and Student memberships are for a minimum of twelve months but may be paid for more than twelve months to fit an organization's fiscal year. Membership commences on the first day of the month following payment. There is a thirty-day "grace period" for membership renewal payments.

Members may upgrade their membership to a higher level. If this is done, the remaining time on their old membership level is converted to a new period at their new membership level. The conversion rate is the ratio of the fees between the two different membership levels at the time of the upgrade. If the resulting membership period is less than 12 months, then payment must be made at the new rate to bring the membership up to 12 months.

Comparison of Membership Levels

* Entities that are part of a Control group, as defined by the Unicode bylaws, will be limited to collectively no more than one vote in Unicode Technical committees.
  FULL INST SUPP ASSOC LIAISON INDIV STUDENT
Representation
Number of representatives 1 Primary and 2 Alternates 1 Primary and 2 Alternates 1 Primary and 2 Alternates 1 Primary and 2 Alternates 1 Primary and 1 Alternate Member only Member only
Listing on Unicode website Home Page Home Page Home Page Home Page Sub Page Sub Page Sub Page
Link from Unicode to member's website Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No
Unicode Members Meetings
Participate Yes No No No No No No
Vote Yes No No No No No No
Unicode Consortium Technical Committee Meetings (UTC, CLDR-TC, and ULI-TC)
Participate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vote Weight 1 1 1/2 0 0 0 0
Unicode Logo Use
Administrative fee waived Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No
Private Email Lists
UTC (Unicore), CLDR

Reps & Employees

Reps & Employees Reps & Employees Reps only Reps only Member only Member only
Full Members List Reps Only No No No No No No
Internationalization & Unicode Conference
Discounts Reps & Employees Reps & Employees Reps & Employees Reps & Employees None Member only Member only

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