How to Join
Membership in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is open to those persons who are or who have been actively engaged in activities related to the production or distribution of audio visual works for national exhibition by means of telecommunications.
The strength of the Television Academy is the member base. With over 19,000 members divided into 29 peer groups, the Television Academy represents television professionals from every field.
You must satisfy the requirements of your peer group, provide the minimum credits required and list a contact for employment verification. Then you may apply online. All the necessary forms for application, reinstatement or other membership changes can also be found here.
In addition, unless you have received an Emmy Nomination within the previous four years, you must provide the names of two endorsers. Endorsers must be Active members of the Television Academy - one from the Peer Group to which you are applying and one from any Peer Group. Please contact the endorsers to ensure that you are spelling their names exactly as they appear on their Membership Card. If you have received an Emmy Nomination within the last four years, the endorser requirement will be waived.
Processing time for applications is 4-6 weeks.
Select a membership type to learn more:
Active Members are people who at the time of qualifying (for membership, voting, running for office, or the like) meet the following minimum requirements:
- are at least thirteen (13) years of age;
- are actively engaged in activities related to the production or distribution of audio visual works for national exhibition by means of telecommunications;
- if not currently so engaged, were actively so engaged in such activities within the past four (4) years;
- if not currently qualified, had a significant body of work in telecommunications (as determined by the Peer Group Executive Committee of the Peer Group to which such persons belong).
Such persons must also meet the additional qualifications for Active Membership which may be established by the Peer Groups subject to ratification by the Board, unless qualified on the basis of a significant body of work under subclause (4) above. Members who cease to meet the foregoing qualifications for Active Membership shall no longer have the right to Active Membership unless and until they re-qualify. Active Members who are less than eighteen (18) years of age shall have all rights of membership except that such persons shall not be entitled to vote for or be elected or appointed as either Governor or officer of this corporation or to serve on any of its committees. Any person who is not an Active Member but who has received a nomination for an Emmy Award relating to national exhibition shall be entitled to apply for and receive Active Membership status notwithstanding that such person might not meet the foregoing qualifications; provided that such person makes application for membership within four (4) years after receiving such nomination.
Associate Members are people who are or have been actively engaged in activities related to the production or distribution of audio visual works for national exhibition by means of telecommunications but who do not meet the qualifications for Active Membership. Additional qualifications for Associate Membership may be established by the Peer Groups, subject to ratification by the Board.
Students: You must be a college/trade school student or a recent graduate to be eligible for Academy membership. You must include a photocopy of your CURRENT REGISTRATION and CLASS SCHEDULE, a current Degree Progress Report or a diploma with your completed application. Student applications are accepted throughout the academic year, and must be accompanied by proof of current registration, DPR or graduation. You may continue your student membership for two years from your date of graduation. When you have the appropriate industry credits you may apply as an Associate or Active member. Click here to download the Student Membership Application form. [PDF]
Faculty: You must print out the application, complete the form and mail it. You must include a letter on letterhead from the institution where you work with your official title, department, area of expertise and the catalog description of the industry-related course(s) you are currently teaching. Please attach a resume if possible that includes any non-academic television credits for our records. Applications will be reviewed by the Educational Programs Committee. Processing time for applications is 4-6 weeks. Incomplete applications will be returned. You will be notified by mail of the approval status of your application. Click here to download the Faculty Membership Application form. [PDF] You must print out the application, complete the form and mail it.
Emeritus Members are people who (i) do not currently meet qualifications of Active Membership but who were actively engaged in activities related to the production or distribution of audio visual works for national exhibition by means of telecommunications until such activities ceased because of illness or retirement or (ii) were engaged in such activities for a period of fifteen (15) years but are no longer so engaged other than because of illness or retirement and had been Active Members for ten (10) consecutive years or (iii) have a distinguished body of work in telecommunications (as determined by the Peer Group Executive Committee of the Peer Group to which they would belong) although they might not otherwise meet the criteria for Active Membership. In any case, Emeritus Members shall be obligated to pay membership dues. Emeritus Members shall have all the rights of Active Members (including the right to continue voting for the same Emmy Award categories in which they voted prior to attaining Emeritus status) except that they shall not be eligible to run for any elective office of the corporation.
Life Members are people elected for life by the Board for outstanding service to the corporation or outstanding accomplishment in the telecommunications industry. Election shall be by a two-thirds majority of the governors present at any meeting of the Board. No dues shall be paid by a Life Member. Life Members shall have all the rights of Active Members or Emeritus Members if they qualify as Active or Emeritus Members. Any person who has been or is hereafter inducted into the corporation's Hall of Fame shall automatically become a Life Member at the time of such induction, without the need of being elected; any person who has served or hereafter serves as President of this corporation shall automatically be a Life Member, effective as of completion of his/her service as President, without the necessity of further election.
Los Angeles Area Members are people who reside in the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area who have been actively engaged in the preceding two years in activities related to the production or distribution of audio visual works for local exhibition by means of telecommunications within the Metropolitan Los Angeles Area. Additional qualifications for Los Angeles Area Membership may be established by the Board. Los Angeles Area Members shall be classified as follows:
- Associate (including Educators)
Active Los Angeles Area Members shall be thirteen (13) years old; provided that persons who qualify for membership under this sub-section but who are less than eighteen (18) years of age shall have all the rights of membership hereunder except that such persons shall not be entitled to vote for or be elected as either a Peer Group or Branch Governor or an officer of the corporation, or serve on any of its committees until such time as such persons shall have reached the age of majority, i.e. eighteen years of age. Active and Emeritus Los Angeles Area Members shall have the same voting rights as Active and Emeritus Members except that Active and Emeritus Los Angeles Area Members shall not be entitled to participate and vote in national awards presentations. Associate and Student Los Angeles Area shall have the same rights as Associate Members. Active and Emeritus Los Angeles Area Members who are also Active and Emeritus Members may participate in voting for Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards and in voting for national Emmy Awards. In exercising any other voting rights, however, each person must elect to vote as a Los Angeles Area Member or as an Active Member, but not both. Los Angeles Area Members shall collectively be known as the Los Angeles Area Branch (which may be referred to herein as “Branch” or “Peer Group”). The Los Angeles Area Branch may engage in activities of interest to the Los Angeles local telecommunications industry, and shall be responsible for presentation of the Los Angeles local award ceremonies.
Active Membership is $175 per year.
Associate Membership is $100 per year .
Academic Membership is $50 per year for a student or $75 per year for faculty.
A new application is subject to a one-time nonrefundable processing fee of $10. Fees are payable by Visa, MasterCard or American Express.
For an additional $75 per year, members can join the Television Academy's Film Group entitling the member and a guest to attend up to 60 screenings of first-run films in the state-of-the-art Leonard H. Goldenson Theatre in the NoHo Arts District, North Hollywood, California.
Change Peer Group
You can find all the downloadable forms for application, reinstatement and other membership changes on the Forms & Downloads page.