Member Benefits

Membership Benefits

  • Professional Membership — Improve your professional status by joining one of the nation’s most recognized professional organizations. Not only will you benefit from the prestige of the TV Academy, you will receive enhanced credibility, opportunities to participate in educational and networking events, and experience for your resume.
  • Two FREE passes for many preview screenings of major motion pictures – These screenings include Oscar-nominated films, plus invitations to events where talent and directors are present. Films shown in 2014-5 included: American Sniper, Edge of Tomorrow, Pride, The Good Lie, Take Me to the River, Ink 180, The Grand Seduction, The Railway Man, Kids for Cash.
  • Emmy Awards – The Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. As a member, you receive a discount on Emmy entry fees, and a chance to recognize your personal excellence by entering your best work. You’ll also have a chance to evaluate your peer’s work from around the nation. Both program and craft offerings are screened to determine nominations for regional Emmy Awards. An opportunity to discover television techniques from other regions!
  • Silver Circle Awards Program – Each year, the TV Academy recognizes outstanding individuals who have devoted a quarter of a century or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to Chicago/Midwest broadcasting. Members receive a discount to attend this event.
  • Invitations to Workshops – Learn about new technologies, terminology, and techniques from your colleagues. Workshops include the annual Career Day, where the opportunity is given to members to talk with leaders in the television field about job availability and qualifications. Past workshop topics included the multimedia newsroom, post production, HD Television, Covering the Iraq War, Investigative Reporting, and the Chicago sports television and video industry. Majority of workshops are free to members.
  • Scholarships – Our Chapter awards up to 7 scholarships valued from $1,000 to $4,000 each year.  Our Chapter’s scholarship program has donated more than $280,000 to students since the mid-1990s.  We are one of the strongest chapters in the nation in regard to funds distributed.
  • Discounts with the non-profit Media Burn: First two hours free of media transfer (with a minimum 5 hours) and a 10 percent discount on services. Media Burn is a boutique footage transfer service.
  • Networking Opportunities – Attend our annual Emmy nominations party and other social gatherings to meet members from all areas of the television industry.
  • Access to post “job listings” and “jobs wanted” on the TV Academy Job Bank. Job Bank is a comprehensive job listing service sponsored by the National Academy, the Chicago/Midwest Chapter, and 19 other chapters nationwide. It’s the largest and fastest growing of all the television industry related job banks. With over 13,000 members, the National Television Academy is the single largest television professional association in the world.