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WMOT Membership FAQs

WMOT is funded primarily by individuals who donate and become members. Additional funding comes from business support (underwriting and digital ads on WMOT.org), salary support from Middle Tennessee State University, donations of unwanted vehicles and donations to our Amplifier program (businesses, legacy gifts and individuals). 

60 percent of WMOT’s current budget comes from individual donations.


Members make WMOT possible with their financial support. WMOT is a non-profit and relies on listener contributions to pay for programming costs, streaming expenses, knowledgeable hosts, exclusive interviews and video content.

Member Benefits

  • Monthly invites to virtual events — each month you will be invited to join WMOT video streams from taping sessions and live music events.
  • Invites to 895 Sessions — all WMOT members get invited to our 895 Sessions
  • Access to 895 Fest — special ticket offers to WMOT’s 895 Festival and 895 Feast
  • First access — special ticket offers to select WMOT fundraising shows
  • Tax receipts — we'll tally up your cumulative gifts every January

WMOT Sustainers

Sustainers are Members who sign up to make automatic, regular donations to WMOT. As a Sustainer, your credit or debit card will automatically be billed and your Membership will renew annually.

Become a Sustainer

Sustainers are important because they ensure regular, reliable funding for WMOT's music programming. We want to make sure you have all the tools you need to support public radio at your fingertips. That’s why we’ve put together this list of Sustainer resources.

Sustainer Benefits

  • Automatic entry into all WMOT Membership sweepstakes*
  • Automatic renewal — we'll take care of the paperwork for you
  • Invites to Wired In, 895 Sessions — yearly, at your giving amount
  • Access to events — special ticket offers to select WMOT events
  • Tax receipts — we'll tally up your cumulative gifts every January
  • Reduced mail — no additional renewal notices

Sustainer FAQs

Q: As a Sustainer, am I entered into sweepstakes?
A: Yes, you are automatically entered into all WMOT fundraising sweepstakes.

Q: Will I be invited to WMOT Wired In or 895 Sessions?
A: Yes. You are eligible to receive invitations to Wired In, 895 Sessions, discounted 895 Fest tickets at a pledge level equal to your current donation.

Q: How can I cancel my sustaining pledge?
A: You can change or cancel your sustaining pledge at any time. Simply call WMOT’s Membership Department at 615-898-2800.

Q: My credit card expired, how can I update it?
A: You can change or update your payment information at any time. Simply call WMOT’s Membership Department at 615-898-2800. 

Val Hoeppner is the executive director of WMOT 89.5, executive producer of Wired In, 895 Fest, 895 Sessions, 895 Feast and the AmericanaFest Day Stage presented by WMOT, World Cafe and NPR Music. Hoeppner joined WMOT in 2014 and helped transition WMOT from mixed format to American Roots in 2016.