At the January 2018 meeting, the COSMA Board and COSMA Foundation Board voted unanimously to approve the organization’s first official MEMBERSHIP. Membership in COSMA is open to all state museum associations (SMAs) and provides one full year of COSMA benefits. Currently we are putting the finishing touches on payment and process logistics. Stay tuned for the announcement that membership is open! 


Coalition of State Museum Associations (COSMA)

Why join COSMA?

COSMA benefits state museum associations (SMAs) by:

·       Building the capacity of SMAs to better serve museums and museum professionals

·       Centralizing communication and collaboration between SMAs and regional/national stakeholders

·       Strengthening advocacy efforts for the museum field, at both national and state level


What are the COSMA membership benefits?

COSMA offers unprecedented benefits for state museum associations (SMAs), including:

·       Participation in a strong, national network of SMAs that:

o   Makes use of a specialized “Tool Kit” on the COSMA website to share knowledge and resources for skill and capacity building

o   Encourages connections through email communications, social media, online engagement, and face-to-face meetings of SMAs

o   Offers webinars and facilitated training opportunities designed for SMAs

o   Maintains a master calendar and updated roster of all SMAs

·       Access to administrative and program templates such as:

o   Sample newsletter content, marketing and design expertise, and talking points

o   Suggestions for programs, speakers, and publications

o   Guidelines for effective advocacy on both the state level and national level

o   Outlines for efficient operations in areas such as finance and database management

·       Anticipating future challenges! COSMA is making plans for future services, too. Support your COSMA to help the organization grow into its potential for strengthening state museum associations.


COSMA Membership

Membership provides one full calendar year of COSMA benefits from the month in which you join. COSMA’s membership is limited to SMAs and fees are based on annual operating budget. (Any SMA that wishes to join but cannot pay the posted membership fee is encouraged to pay as you can.) 

Annual Budget Annual Membership Fee

$0–1,999                       $50

$2,000–4,999                 $75

$5,000–9,999                 $100

$10,000–19,999              $200

$20,000–49,999              $300

$50,000–74,999              $500

$75,000–99,999              $750

$100,000–199,999          $1,000

$200,000–299,999          $1,500

$300,000+                     $2,000


QUESTIONS? Contact COSMA at 682-219-9599 or