December 2022

Greetings to Our New Members
If you're reading a PTG member e-newsletter for the first time, welcome! If you need anything, please get in touch with your chapter president, Regional Vice President, or the PTG Home Office. Be sure to check out some of the great benefits of PTG membership. To all members, check out the list of new members in each month's Journal and see who's new in your area.

2023 Dues Renewal News
Invoices for 2023 and statements have been sent to your email and are available for online payment through your PTG Member Portal 
1.    Log into www.ptg.org and click on PTG Members > My Portal. 
2.    Paying online is quick and easy. When an invoice is ready to be paid, a small red number “1” will appear on the bell image in the upper right corner. Click on the bell and a link to your invoice will appear. 
Please Note: Chapter dues must be paid in full but if you’d like to set up monthly installment payments for the PTG portion please contact the HO. If you set up monthly installments for 2022, those arrangements will automatically continue in 2023 as long as a valid credit card has been saved to your account.
 
If you’re not a regular user of the PTG websites (or have never logged in), click here to learn how to update your login information. If you haven't received your 2023 dues invoice, please contact the Home Office at 913-432-9975 or ptg@ptg.org.
Take a Trip Around the New PTG Education Hub
  • A new and expanded piano technology education website with members-only resources.
  • PTG’s existing educational resources organized into a collection of structured curricula.
  • Use in your personal study and/or with apprentices and mentees.
  • Features include a Beginner’s Roadmap and quick links to find resources by topic.
  • The launch of a Vertical Piano Service curriculum (the first of several programs currently in development.)
  • Links to other PTG education and RPT exam-related resources.
  • A more efficient process for finding a mentor with guided steps and links.
  • Visit frequently to see what’s new! 
Search for Education Hub at www.ptg.org or my.ptg.org or find it in the PTG Members area at www.ptg.org.
2023 PTG Convention
Represent Our Trade
July 26-29
Hyatt Regency Crystal City, Arlington, Virginia
The webpage is live! Be sure to visit and bookmark the site. Check it frequently for updates.
RPT Written Exam Fee Goes Into Effect January 1
Beginning January 1, 2023, the RPT Written Exam will have a fee of $25.00. This item will be available for purchase in the PTG Store under the Exam Voucher category. For those interested in taking the written exam, contact an RPT to be your sponsor. The RPT sponsor should contact the Home Office (kathy@ptg.org) or Robert Guenther (r.guenther.rpt@gmail.com) to set up an exam and receive instructions for the examiner and examinee.
Nominations for Board of Directors Positions Due February 1
The PTG Nominating Committee is charged with preparing a list of candidates for the executive offices (president, vice president and secretary-treasurer) and for regional vice presidents. We need your help in identifying potential candidates for these offices.

If you know someone who has the leadership potential, commitment to the PTG, and interpersonal skills that are needed for success in these roles, please let us know. You are welcome to submit your own name as well that of another member. (Note that in accordance with PTG bylaws, candidates must be RPTs). The number of members willing to serve in these roles has been declining over the past several years, and it is vital that we join together in seeking out members willing to serve to ensure the continued strength and stability of PTG. You may reach them at nominating@ptg.org. Learn more on the Nominating Committee web page. All nominations must be submitted no later than February 1.
Call for PTG Award Nominations - Deadline December 31
Golden Hammer
The Golden Hammer Award is presented to one outstanding PTG member per year who has made a definite and permanent change for the better by many years of outstanding contributions to PTG and the piano industry for service and dedication above and beyond the call of duty. Candidates must have contributed more than 20 years of service and dedication 
Hall of Fame
The Hall of Fame honors those who have shared their talents, time and loyalty with our profession.
Requirements include significant long-term dedication to the causes, ideals, and purposes of PTG and outstanding contributions to and implementation of ideas, programs, etc., resulting in improvement to and upgrading of the piano industry as a whole. 
The Crowl-Travis Member of Note Award
This award is presented for recent outstanding service to the Piano Technicians Guild and the piano industry. Requirements include significant dedication within the past two years to the causes, ideals and purposes of PTG and outstanding contributions to and implementation of ideas, programs, etc., resulting in improvement to and up
Any member in good standing or PTG Chapter may nominate members of PTG for any of these awards. Nominations must be received by December 31. Visit the Awards Committee page under Committees in the Member Area of www.ptg.org for a downloadable nomination form and committee contact information.
Attend NAMM 2023
NAMM and the PTG have again partnered to offer members a free registration to the April 13-15, 2023 NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. Here’s how it works:
  • You must be a PTG member.
  • You MUST send an e-mail to shawn@ptg.org with your complete name and e-mail address by March 15, 2023. Please include NAMM NAME BADGE REQUEST in the subject line.
  • That e-mail address will be shared with NAMM. You will receive an e-mail from NAMM with further instructions on how to complete the registration process. Once complete, you will receive confirmation from NAMM that your badge awaits you.
If you make it to the show, please make sure and say hello at the PTG booth. More information about the NAMM show is available at www.namm.org/thenammshow/attend.
What's in the December 2022 Journal?
  • Interpreting the Story: The Right Piano for the Repertoire
  • The Theory and Practice of Key Making, Part 3
  • Fitting Hammer Weight to the Curve
  • Tuner’s Life: Pfhhquueeeeek!
The Piano Technicians Journal is always available 24-7. Read the December issue here.
PTG Websites Login Security Update
Our database software provider is implementing new software for authentication and Single Sign-On services. This will pave the way for improved security, access to many other systems for easier integrations, and improved ease of use for PTG members through the portal. For your convenience, we are suggesting you log into the system at least once prior to mid-January to avoid having to reset your password after the release.
Christmas and New Year’s Holidays
The PTG Home Office will be closed for the Christmas holiday December 23 - 26. The office will also be closed for the New Year’s Day holiday on January 2, 2023.
 
Deadlines and Events
December 31, 2022
Nominations for Golden Hammer, Hall of Fame, and Member of Note awards due to Awards Committee. Awards Committee page.
December 31, 2022
Deadline for 2023 dues payments. Drop date January 31, 2023. Pay online through My Portal.
January 27- 29, 2023
Board of Directors Winter Meeting
February 1, 2023
Nominations due for PTG Board of Directors. Nominating Committee page.
PTG Green Initiative
As adopted in 2005, the Council Book of Resolutions states, "Home Office and PTG membership shall be environmentally aware." Over the last few years, the HO has been working towards eliminating the printing and mailing of such things as newsletters, supplements, invoices, and monthly statements. Please update your profile online or contact the HO if we do not have your current contact information. Find My Portal under PTG Members and click on your picture or the person image in the upper right hand corner to edit your profle.