Membership

Are you looking to join a creative community of media makers? Do you want to develop your skills in media production and raise your voice in the Arlington community? Whether you’re looking for yourself or your organization, there’s an AIM membership that’s right for you. AIM members enjoy many benefits, including the opportunity to enroll in media training courses, access to use AIM’s professional quality production equipment and facilities, and the chance to share video programming on our public access cable channel.

Now is an exciting time to become an AIM member! Media technology and electronic communication are growing rapidly and Arlington Independent Media is growing right along with them. With our newly constructed on-air radio booth, state-of-the-art audio production suite, Apple computer lab with up-to-date software, cutting-edge portable video equipment, and a fully equipped television studio, AIM is the place to fulfill your goals in media production and become part of a vibrant community. Check out a full list of member benefits and join today!

Welcome to AIM’s Member Portal

Membership dues, class registrations, equipment and studio reservations, and production calls can now be handled in one centralized location through our Member Portal!

If you’re an existing AIM member or recent former member: An account has already been created for you in the portal. To renew your membership, click the “Existing Member Login” button below, then click “Forgot my password” and enter the email address (not the username) associated with your old AIM member login. From there, you’ll be able to reset your password. Here are some handy videos to help with that process. If you need further assistance, reach out to membership@arlingtonmedia.org.

If you’re new to AIM: Simply hit “Become a Member” below and register for a new account!


At Arlington Independent Media, we are committed to providing you with state-of-the-art equipment, facilities, and training at prices guaranteed to make participation possible for everyone.

Membership at AIM gives you the chance to:

• Develop your production skills through classes and volunteering
• Add your voice to public television
• Work with and meet people in the Arlington community

We want you to raise your voice right here at AIM, nine-time winner of the Overall Excellence in Public Access award. Help us fulfill our mission to advocate free speech through independent media by signing up here.


Basic Membership: $25.00/year for Residents, $35 for Non-Residents includes: 

  • Gain media production skills and access to AIM equipment certification
  • Distribute your show on cable, radio, and/or AIMTV and AIM’s Video On Demand
  • Access TV Production studios, computer lab, and meeting spaces
  • Attend special members networking events, screenings & mixers
  • Access to extensive array of television, film, video and audio production rentals

FAIM (Friend of AIM) Membership: $100.00/year includes: 

  • Exclusive invitations to quarterly FAIM SpeakEasy events, featuring local, regional, and national speakers and guests
  • An AIM swag bag
  • All of the privileges of Basic Membership

ORGANIZATION MEMBERSHIP

($250-$2500) (sliding scale based on annual operating budget)

Do you represent a nonprofit or community group with a message to share? Then organizational membership may be right for you!

Organizational membership allows your nonprofit, collective, or community group to: 

  • Designate up to 5 individuals from your organization who can access all member benefits, including courses, production equipment, etc. (Members must become certified by taking the proper courses, and be associated with an AIM-affiliated production, in order to access space and gear). Organizational members are also encouraged to participate in all AIM networking events, parties and free workshops
  • Submit non-commercial information/graphics about your organization to air on AIM TV’s community bulletin, which runs between programs
  • Produce a radio announcement about your organization (60 seconds or shorter) to air on WERA 96.7 FM for up to two months
  • Leverage AIM’s community network and platforms to forge partnerships with other organizations across Arlington County for co-sponsored community events, volunteer production assistance, and cross-promotion opportunities to amplify your message
  • Recruit volunteer crew to support your AIM production from among our certified members
  • Access AIM’s special nonprofit/community rates for production services (including production planning and show development, professional videography/recording/live streaming, audio editing, engineering, etc)
  • 5 free classes
  • Receive 5 voting ballots in AIM’s annual Board elections

Choose ONE of these additional complimentary production services per year:

  • Up to two hours of professional consulting/show development/production planning/promotional strategy/production assistance from an AIM staff member
  • Appear as a guest on one of two AIM staff-produced shows, representing your organization and its mission
  • Reserve AIM’s TV studio or lobby for a meeting or community event

Your community group or collective may be asked to submit proof of eligibility for organizational membership (e.g. proof of nonprofit status, or a history of working collaboratively in Arlington for the good of the community).

For-profit companies and independent contractors who offer professional media services are not eligible for organizational membership.

Corporate Underwriting

When your organization underwrites on AIM/WERA, you help support an important local programming asset and public service, and provide your business or organization with a significant marketing advantage at the same time.

As an investment in underwriting, offers your business:

  • ​An effective complement to ongoing advertising, public relations and marketing campaigns.
  • An association with AIM/WERA, which strengthens public perception of your company’s commitment to the community and the quality of its products and services.
  • Seventy percent of public radio’s listeners say that a company’s support of public radio has a positive influence on their decision to purchase that company’s products and services.

Underwriting for WERA. The significant difference between public and commercial radio is underwriting. A commercial radio station broadcasts advertising paid for by the advertisers. For public radio, program underwriters in the form of businesses, foundations, other organizations and even individuals and families, make contributions in support of programming. These underwriters are recognized for their contribution on the air in a format uncluttered with commercial announcements.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) mandates that underwriting announcements may not include qualitative, comparative, or promotional language. A call to action, pricing information, and inducements to buy or sell are not allowed. Final approval of the copy is at the discretion of Arlington Independent Media. These regulations serve to protect the non-commercial ambiance that public radio listeners value so highly. The special integrity of the relationship between the stations and their listeners extends to the underwriter. The public radio listener positively identifies the underwriter with the high quality programming found on WHIW.