1. Annual Membership

1. Annual Membership

A. Categories of Membership

In order to participate in training classes and/or to use production resources, a person must become a CCTV Access Member. There are three types of Membership:

1. Access Membership

Any Cambridge resident may become an Access Member.
Access Members may:

  • enroll in any of CCTV’s workshops (see the Training section of these policies)
  • use CCTV’s video equipment and facilities for a specified period of time without charge provided the production is for CCTV’s channels (See Section Four ~ Training, Workshops, and Certification)
  • vote in CCTV’s elections
  • cablecast programming on CCTV’s channels
  • use computerCENTRAL during Members’ hours
  • rent CCTV’s equipment and facilities
  • take advantage of Easy Access studio slots that are provided with crew, up to four times each year, for a nominal fee

Note: Discounted Access Membership is available for Seniors (65+), Youth (under 21), and Families and those choosing to do volunteer work. (See details Section Eight ~ Volunteers)

2. Organizational Access Membership

Any incorporated organization including businesses, non-profits, or departments of an institution that is based in Cambridge may become an Organizational Access Member. Organizational Access Membership fees are determined by the annual operating budget of the organization or business.
Organizational Access Members may:

  • enroll non-resident employees or those affiliated with the organization as Access Members at a non-residential rate and enroll Cambridge residents at a discounted rate
  • schedule specialized training at a reasonable rate
  • request coverage of one event per year, for a nominal fee
  • take advantage of Easy Access studio slots that are provided with crew, up to four times each year, for a nominal fee
  • rent CCTV’s equipment and facilities at a discounted rate for programming that will not be shown on CCTV’s channels

Note: An incorporated organization without a Cambridge address may be eligible for Membership if 50% of its service area, constituency, Membership, and events are in Cambridge.

Incorporated organizations not meeting these criteria may join CCTV at double the Organizational Membership fee and may rent facilities on a no less than cost basis. (A Rate Card is available.) These organizations may not enroll individual non-resident Access Members.

3. Affiliate Membership

Any individual, business, or organization may become an Affiliate Member of CCTV.
Affiliate Members may:

  • cablecast programming on CCTV’s channels (with a Cambridge resident sponsor)
  • enroll in Educational Seminars at cost
  • use computerCENTRAL during Members’ hours
  • rent CCTV’s equipment and facilities

B. Requirements for Access Membership

Definition: A Cambridge resident is defined as an individual whose principal residence is located in the City of Cambridge. (That is, where he/she normally eats, sleeps and maintains his/her personal and household effects)

In order to gain access to production resources and certification training, a person becomes an Access Member by following these steps:

  1. Showing proof of Cambridge residency or, if a non-resident, submitting a letter from an Organizational Access contact person. Proof may include, but is not limited to, current license, utility bill, or lease. A letter received at a Cambridge address is not deemed to be sufficient proof of residency.
  2. Paying the current Membership fee, or volunteering for office work in exchange for a discounted Membership (See Section Eight ~ Volunteers for further details).
  3. Signing and submitting an Access Membership Application and the Agreement With Policies form.

Note: All Access Members must attend an Orientation prior to enrolling in workshops or using the facilities, with the exception of computerCENTRAL.

Further: It is the Access Member’s responsibility to ensure that CCTV has his or her current contact information.

C. Interns

CCTV relies on the services of Interns in many capacities. Generally, an internship requires a four-month commitment of a minimum of three hours weekly. In exchange, Interns receive all the benefits of Access Membership. Students receiving high school or college credit are also encouraged to intern. Those wishing to become interns are required to submit an Intern Application and a resume.

Note: Internships are provided at the discretion of CCTV staff. Every applicant is not guaranteed acceptance.

D. Program Funders, Sponsors, and Friends of CCTV

CCTV seeks funding from many sources in order to support it operations. Donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and businesses are tax deductible and are gratefully acknowledged on CCTV’s channels, in CCTV’s newsletter and in other promotional materials. Donors do not receive any goods or services for their donations, nor do they receive Membership benefits, unless such benefits are part of a special Sponsorship package.

E. City of Cambridge Users

The City of Cambridge and the School Department automatically receive CCTV Membership. Any employee of the City or School Department wishing to join CCTV as an Access Member may do so at the Organizational Membership rates. Non-residents must have a supervisor or department head approve the Membership and serve as the Organizational contact person for the department. All other policies apply to these Members.