Become a BAVC Media Member

Becoming a Member is the easiest way to join BAVC Media’s vibrant and diverse community of artists, media makers, activists and freelancers.

Members enjoy year-round benefits, including discounts on BAVC Media 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!

Membership Benefits

  • 20% discount on all BAVC Media classes
  • 20% discount on all BAVC Media merch
  • SF COMMONS public access services (for San Francisco Residents only), including content submission for broadcast and free training on field equipment, edit suites, Flash studio use, and audio recording suite use
  • Eligibility to apply for Fiscal Sponsorship
  • Exclusive member events, panels, workshops, screenings, mixers, feedback sessions, working groups, and more
  • Discounts with local and national film production retailers (see FAQ below for details)
  • Exclusive discounts from BAVC Media community partners (e.g. regular discounts for virtual screenings and events through the Roxie Theater)
  • Extra rewards when you donate – BAVC Media members can get pins, tote bags, and more

BAVC Media Membership


For those who want to join the BAVC Media community of media makers and allow the support of our community to subsidize the cost.


For those who want to join and help sustain the BAVC Media community of media makers.


For those who want to give back to the BAVC Media community and help others afford our programs and services.

MediaMaker PLUS Membership


Upgrade your membership to get even more!

Perfect for partner companies, organizations, and individuals and those who want to invest in BAVC Media and enjoy additional member benefits.

  • All benefits above (for one individual) PLUS:
    • The ability to host one party or event per quarter at BAVC Media headquarters in San Francisco (subject to approval). Possible examples include kickoff parties, fundraisers, board meetings, and workshops. [additional staffing fees apply*]
    • Annual half-hour legal consultation with attorney and film producer George M. Rush
    • Early invitation to BAVC Media events

*$100/hour with a 2 hour minimum for MediaMaker PLUS members, all program participants and alumni. $125/hour for regular members. Fees will cover personnel costs for BAVC Media staffing and locking up.


Check out the FAQ section below or feel free to call (415) 558-2116 or email us.

Frequently Asked Questions

There are a few ways you can renew your membership:

  • Through our website by purchasing a membership using the options listed on, just like you’re signing up for the first time!
  • In person at our office located at 145 9th St., Suite 101, San Francisco.
  • Emailing our membership team at

We know that financial insecurity can look different for different people and we encourage you to pay at whatever level you are comfortable affording. We trust that, if your situation changes in the future, you will choose to renew at a higher level, to help support others who might struggle to pay membership fees.

That said, the City and County of San Francisco consider the following documents as Proof of Low-Income status for their purposes:

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

Additionally, we found the resources and metrics in this blog to be helpful for making sense of sliding scales.

All members receive 20% discounts on the cost of enrolment for any BAVC Media training classes listed at

As a BAVC Media member, you have access to computers with video editing software in the Access Lab for up to 8 hours a month (unless you are working on content for SF COMMONS). To make a reservation, contact

You may also occasionally access other free computer labs when available for open lab time. Our Operations Manager, Sara, can tell you up to two weeks in advance whether there will be additional lab space open for members – just email to ensure your spot.

Please contact if you would like to organize a tour of our space at Ninth Street Independent Film Center.

As a BAVC Media member, you can have flexible access to our space. This includes the ability to reserve time (as available) for meetings or gatherings related to a media project you are working on. To make a reservation, please contact Additionally, you may drop by to work in our lounge or other open spaces on occasion so long as you sign in with our building manager, follow our community guidelines, and are courteous with your use of the facilities.

Rental equipment is only available to SF COMMONS Producers for checkoutcheck out. If you are both a BAVC Media 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.

For information about SF COMMONS and to submit your show, contact Javan Jiles, Community Media & Marketing Coordinator, at javan[at]bavcmedia[dot]org or call 415.558.2125.

To find out about the classes we offer and to sign up, visit

Not sure if you should be in intro or intermediate? Or just have questions about classes? Please contact our Advanced Training and Workforce Development Team at

BAVC Media 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 Media membership prior to purchase (you will be required to show proof of membership).


  • 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



  • 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.


  • 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


  • 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



  • 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.


  • 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

Still have more questions about Member discounts? Contact

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

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

For a new temporary password or to change your username, please call or email the Webmaster.

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

BAVC Media is located on the first floor of the Ninth Street Independent Film Center, at 145 9th St #101, San Francisco, CA 94103.