Barbershop music began in the United States, but the style has spread itself worldwide. The Barbershop Harmony Society only covers the United States and Canada, but barbershoppers in other countries have founded their own societies to spread the word in their parts of the world and help Keep the Whole World Singing. BHS has formed formal alliances with many of these brethren brotherhoods.
Each Affiliate society holds its own annual quartet and chorus competitions. Competitors scoring above a certain threshold are invited to compete in the annual BHS International Competition, exactly as if they had qualified in a BHS District. Few actually attend, due to the cost and rigors of international travel. As of July 2018, two (sets of) International Quartet gold medals have gone to Affiliate quartets, as well as four Quartet silver medals, six Quartet bronze medals, and five Collegiate Quartet gold medals.
During the BHS International Convention, national anthems are sung at the the opening of each quartet session. Canada and the US are honored before the quartet finals; they have the most citizens in attendance, and the host Society (BHS) covers both countries. Affiliate quartets sing their own national anthems to open the quarterfinal sessions. Quartets competing in session #1 help open session #2, and vice versa.
Official Affiliate (Men's) Societies
|BHA||Australian Association of Men Barbershop Singers||formerly AAMBS|
|BABS||British Association of Barbershop Singers|
|BinG!*||Barbershop in Germany|
|Holland Harmony*||Dutch Association of Barbershop Singers||formerly DABS|
|IABS*||Irish Association of Barbershop Singers|
|FABS*||Finnish Association of Barbershop Singers|
|BHNZ||New Zealand Association of Barbershop Singing||formerly NZABS|
|SABS*||Spanish Association of Barbershop Singers|
|SNOBS||Society of Nordic Barbershop Singers|
|SPATS||Southern Part of Africa Tonsorial Singers|
- denotes a mixed organisation
|HI||Harmony, Inc.||US and Canada|
|LABBS||Ladies Association of British Barbershop Singers||United Kingdom|
|SAI||Sweet Adelines International||global|