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BAVC Membership

Be a part of something bigger. Become a BAVC Member.

Becoming a Member is the easiest way to join BAVC's vibrant and diverse community of artists, media makers, activists and freelancers. Members enjoy year-round benefits, including discounts on BAVC classes, invitations to special events and networking opportunities, facilities access, and more.  

Whether you're looking for yourself or your organization, there's a Membership level that's right for you. Join today!

Questions?

We’ve got answers. Check out the FAQ section below or feel free to call (415) 558-2111 or email us.

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Membership Tiers

Title:
Mediamaker
$55.00

Our most popular membership level, Mediamaker is perfect if you’re primarily interested in taking classes and attending member events.

(Please note: a $10 low-income Mediamaker membership is available but cannot be purchased online. Please see the FAQ below for information on how to qualify and register.)

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  • Discounts on all BAVC classes
  • Access to BAVC computers and software (8 hours per month for free).
  • Discounts with local and national retailers (e.g. Apple and Adobe). 
  • Eligibility to apply to BAVC's 4x10 roughcut feedback sessions and National MediaMaker Fellowship
  • SF Commons public access services, including content submission for broadcast and training for field equipment, edit suites, and Flash studio use. See SF Commons Policies for more information. Note: BAVC equipment is only available to SF Commons producers.
  • Invitations to festival screenings, member events, panels, workshops, mixers, and more.
  • Free NTEN membership for one year.
Title:
Youth Mediamaker
$25.00

Whether you're a student or working (or both), there’s a membership level just for 14-26 year-olds. Youth Mediamaker-level members receive all of the benefits of a Mediamaker-level membership with additional career services.

Please contact us if you are interested in purchasing a Youth Mediamaker membership; proof of eligibility is required.

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You get all of the Mediamaker-level benefits PLUS:

  • Annual group career consultation with BAVC's Training Department.
  • Eligibility to apply to a portfolio review session with industry experts.
Title:
Producers Bundle
$135.00

Enjoy all of the benefits of a Mediamaker-level membership in addition to annual consultations with BAVC’s network of industry professionals plus free monthly access to our meeting room.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I renew my membership?

You may renew your membership online using your credit card, in person at our office located at 2727 Mariposa Street, or by calling Jackelyn Perez, Membership Associate at (415) 558-2111. We accept cash, check or most major credit cards.

If you are renewing online, choose the level you'd like to renew at and go through the registration process normally - it's exactly the same whether you are a new or renewing member. If you are a renewing member who has already created a BAVC online account, log in to your account first (by clicking "Log In" at the top of the page) and you'll be re-directed straight to the payment screen. If you've forgotten your username or password, we can retrieve them for you.


Low income Mediamaker and Youth Mediamaker-level members must renew in person or over the phone.

Where is BAVC located?

BAVC is located on the second floor of 2727 Mariposa St. (at Bryant St.) in San Francisco, California.

 

How do I sign up for a low income membership?

We use the same Proof of Low Income status documentation requirements as the City and County of San Francisco, and offer a $10/year annual Mediamaker membership for low income residents. Documents that you may present include: 

  • Your last available tax return (showing that you earn less than $23,750/year)

or proof of enrollment in one of the following:

  • Food stamps
  • Healthy San Francisco
  • Medi-Cal
  • CalWORKS
  • Section 8 housing
  • a free and reduced school lunch program
  • the MUNI Lifeline program
  • Social Security

To sign up for this special membership rate, you may submit Proof of Low Income Status in person, via fax to 415.861.4316 attention: Membership, or via email by sending a scanned .pdf version of your documentation to membership[at]bavc.org. 

After your documentation has been received and confirmed you will be contacted by BAVC Membership to process the payment over the phone. Alternatively, you may make the payment by cash, credit card or check in person.

 

How do I sign up for a youth membership?

Youth Mediamaker memberships are available for 14-26 year-olds. To provide proof of age, please email a scanned copy of some form of government-issued ID to membership@bavc.org. Then, please call Jackelyn Perez at (415) 558-2111 with your debit card information to process the payment. Alternatively, you may make the payment by cash or check at our office.

 

Where is my membership card?

We are not currently providing membership cards to new or current members. If you need evidence of a BAVC Membership, please email membership@bavc.org

What kind of a discount does a member get on classes?

All members receive a 24% discount on $295 classes, a 17% discount on $595 classes and 20% discount on $1,195 bootcamps.

Where can I find more information about classes? How can I sign up for classes?

To find out about the classes we offer and to sign up, visit our class directory.

Who can help me figure out what classes to take?

If you have specific questions about enrollment, please contact Allegra Bandy at info@bavc.org.

I can't remember my password. How do I log in on the website?

For a new temporary password or to change your username, contact Lauren O'Connor, Development Associate at (415) 558-2127 or membership[at]bavc.org.   

How can I check out equipment?

Rental equipment is only available to SF Commons Producers for check out. If you are both a BAVC member and a resident of the City of San Francisco, you are eligible to use this equipment to produce a show for the SF Commons Public Access channel. Additional services available to SF Commons Producers include: production & post-production training, drop-in editing stations in the Access Lab, Live Studio trainings and reservations, and ongoing workshop and group production opportunities. For more information, visit SF Commons.

How can I submit my show?

For more information about SF Commons and to submit your show, contact Anne Simmons, SF Commons Manager at annesimmons[at]bavc.org or call (415) 558-2123.

How can I get a discount with Adobe?

Please note that only members who are also currently BAVC students are eligible for a discount on Adobe products. Please contact membership at membership@bavc.org for a letter certifying that you are a student at BAVC. You can then contact Adobe directly requesting a discount. For more information, please read Adobe's student software discount page.

How can I get a discount with Apple?

As a BAVC member, you are eligible for the standard educational discount on Apple products purchased through BAVC’s online Apple store.

Which local businesses offer discounts to BAVC Members?

BAVC is pleased to partner with the following companies to offer discounts to our members. Visit any of these locations and receive a discount on services rendered on products and/or services purchase. Be sure to mention your BAVC membership prior to purchase (you will be required to show proof of membership).

AUDIO SERVICES

  • Berke Sound, one of the Bay Areas’ most experienced audio post-production facilities, digital workstations, offering sound design, effects, DVD authoring and other services. Discounts granted on a per-project basis; members should call the facility directly for a consultation and estimate. 
    • 50 Mendell St., #11 San Francisco, CA 94124. Phone: 415.285.8800
  • Polarity Post Production offers 10% off all professional audio services. Audio post-production, recording studios, digital audio production, mastering and replication. Please note that this discount does not apply to localization projects.
    • 69 Green St. San Francisco, CA 94114. Phone: 415.421.6622

TAPE TRANSFERS AND DUPLICATION

  • 10% off duplications at Express Media (See above for contact information).
  • 10-20% off select products and services at MST Productions, including video format transfers, video encoding and compression, DVD and Blu-ray Disc Authoring, disc duplication replication and media packaging.
    • 5000 Executive Parkway, Suite 425 San Ramon, CA 94583.

EQUIPMENT SALES AND RENTAL

  • 10% off in-house rentals at Express Media. (See above for contact information).
  • 10% off at Borrow Lenses, the largest video and photography equipment rental company in the US. Discount available to use for one purchase only. All products are individually cleaned and specifications checked and recalibrated by expert photographer aficionados. All rentals are sent with Fed Ex ensuring your rentals arrive on time. Order online here.

LIGHTING RENTAL

  • 20% off all lighting rentals and purchases at Little Giant Lighting & Grip Co.
    • 3050 23rd St. [Entrance is on Treat St.] San Francisco, CA 94110. Phone: 451.626.3555

EXPENDABLES

  • 10% off at JCX Expendables. Their motto: "Use 'Em, Abuse 'Em...they're not flesh and blood."
    • 2413 Harrison St. San Francisco, CA 94110. Phone: 415.824.1371

COSTUMES

  • 10% off costume rentals at the American Conservatory Theater, an award-winning company where you will find perfect costumes for your project.
    • Phone: 415.439.2379

STOCK FOOTAGE

  • Oddball Film and Video has amazing collection of eclectic and rare footage to add depth to your project. Discounts on selected services and footage to be determined on a per-project basis. Please call Oddball and ask to speak with Robert Chehoski. 
    • 275 Capp Street San Francisco, CA 94110. Phone: 415.558.8112

AMENITIES

  • 5% off rentals at City-Rent-A-Car. If you are coming to the Bay Area and need a car.
    • 1433 Bush St. San Francisco, CA 94109. Phone: 415.359.1331

POST-PRODUCTION

  • 25% off DaVinci Color Correction Services with Pedersen Media Group. Utilize the DaVinci Color Correction Edit Suite for all of your finishing needs. Additional discounts on select services determined on a per project basis. 
    • 501 Second Street, Suite 212, San Francisco, CA 94107. Phone: 415.512.7394

Still have more questions about Member discounts? Contact membership@bavc.org.

Can I use your computers?

As a BAVC member, you have access to computers in the Access Lab for up to 8 hours a month. To make a reservation, contact membership@bavc.org.

Can I use BAVC for a meeting or as a work space?

As a BAVC member at the Producer’s Bundle level, you have access to our meeting room for up to 4 hours a month. To make a reservation, please fill out this form and contact membership@bavc.org. We'll get back to you as soon as possible to let you know if the meeting room is available.

 

Can you connect me with a lawyer?

As a BAVC member at the Producer’s Bundle level, you may request a 30 minute consultation with an entertainment attorney. To request a consultation, please fill out this form.

If you have any further questions about membership, please contact membership@bavc.org.