Membership offers access to the most prestigious professional TV organization in the world. Dues are annual, and memberships are seasonal, running on a April 1st to March 31st calendar year.


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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.

Emmy® Awards

The Chicago/Midwest Regional Emmy® Awards are presented annually for outstanding achievements in broadcasting. As a member, you receive a discount on entry fees, event tickets, and statuettes, and a chance to recognize your personal excellence by entering your best work.

Silver Circle Awards Program

Each year, the TV Academy recognizes outstanding individuals who have devoted 25 years or more to the television industry and have made significant contributions to the Chicago and Wisconsin regions. Members receive a discount to attend these events.

Learn about new techniques from your colleagues. Free workshops include the annual Career Day, Google Tools workshops, and a host of workshops planned for this Spring. Members are also invited and a bevy of other workshops hosted by other regional chapters. Have an idea for a workshop? Let us know.

Movie Passes

Our free film passes became invitations to virtual preview screenings of major releases. Films shown virtually included: Land, The Mauritanian; Promising Young Woman; Let Him Go; Greenland; Half Brothers; The Way I See It; The Banker; and The Way Back.


Need to get rid of those old boxes of videotapes? Media Burn is offering members a discount on digitizing your content. Receive the first two hours of digitization services free (minimum order of five hours) and 10% off the entire service

Job Bank

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.

We give scholarships to encourage the best students coming into our industry. Each year, we can award up to six to nine scholarships valued from $2,500 to $6,000 with deadlines in February and March.