Frequently Asked Questions
FROM WHEN DOES MY MEMBERSHIP START?
Our membership year runs from 1st January to 31st December. When you join you will pay pro rata in your first year, commencing on the 1st day of the month that you join. So, in February you will pay 11/12 of your annual rate, March 10/12 and so on up until September. From October – December you will pay the remainder of the current year plus the following year’s membership.
HOW LONG DOES THE APPLICATION TAKE?
Once you have returned the completed application form, we should be able to process your membership within 24 hours. Once processed, we will forward to you your exclusive EVCOM Membership number for that year, your EVCOM logo for the year and allocate you a “Board Buddy” – a member of the EVCOM Board who will be your board contact. You will also receive e-mail introduction to the EVCOM Chairperson – so two great contacts already!
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF EVCOM MEMBERSHIP?
Membership benefits are many and varied. The ethos behind EVCOM is to help make our members more successful. We do this by providing our Top 10 member benefits:
We help members to meet and do business through a managed lead referral process
We provide professional business advice on a free to access or discounted basis to members
We maintain a roster of expert client and commissioner practitioners who review and critique best practice submissions and give help and advice to members
We host peer-to-peer best practice exchanges once a month with first place free to members
We host specialist subject matter sessions once a month with first place free to members
We partner with the British Film Institute, the Creative Industries Federation, the British Visit and Events Partnership, the LiveCom Alliance and other relevant trade associations to access reciprocal member benefits and work together to professionalise our industry
We nurture an active and growing digital community with opportunities for members to contribute to news updates and reach new audiences for their work
We partner with the leading trade press to promote member news and views and to lobby for the best interests of our members
We host a topic-led annual meeting bringing together respected industry thought leaders and subject matter experts
We host an annual awards submission and judging platform to showcase innovative project practice year-round and publically applaud the best-of-the-best in our industry
IS MEMBERSHIP RENEWAL AUTOMATIC?
Yes. So from year 2 your membership will commence on 1st January and run to 31st December.
CAN I CHANGE MY MEMBERSHIP BAND?
Yes. You can do this at any time. So, for example, if you are a Freelance member and you develop your business to form a company with employees, you can upgrade your membership to a company membership which then covers everyone who works with you.
HOW CAN I PAY FOR MEMBERSHIP?
You can pay for your membership via Direct Debit or invoice. Our Direct Debit provider is Go Cardless.
I HAVE COMPANY MEMBERSHIP – WHO CAN ATTEND EVENTS?
If you have company or organisation membership (i.e. all but freelance membership) then anyone who works for the same company as you can enter awards, attend events etc. at the member rate. Of course, any member can bring non-member guests to events but this will need to be at non-member rates.
WHAT IS A PATRON?
You can upgrade your membership to support EVCOM by becoming an EVCOM Patron. As an EVCOM Patron you will receive the following:
Two tickets for the EVCOM Fellowship Lunch at The House of Lords with an exclusive meet and greet with our fellows
Display the EVCOM Patron logo
Be listed on the website as an EVCOM Patron Supporter
To be a Patron currently costs £500 (plus VAT) per year over and above your normal membership rate. For more details contact Sophie
WHO RECEIVES EVCOM INFO AND E-MAILS?
As a member you will receive direct communications in relation to events which EVCOM feels you will benefit from attending. You will then be able to attend events for free (with additional cost for further guests). As a member, if you would like additional contacts in your company to be kept up to date with EVCOM activites, please send contact details to Jadzia.
AS A MEMBER WHO DO I SEND PRESS RELEASES, THOUGHT LEADERSHIP AND NEWS PIECES FOR THE WEBSITE AND NEWSLETTER TO?
Please send any of the above to Sophie.
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR OFFICIAL PRESS CARDS?
EVCOM is an official gatekeeper for the UK Press Card Association and subject to UKPCA criteria, as an EVCOM member any member of your staff who fulfils this criteria may apply for UKPCA Press Card. From 1st February 2018 the admin fee for processing the application and card will be £35 (plus VAT). Your UKPCA Press Card will only be valid whilst your EVCOM Membership remains up to date. For Press Card enquiries or applications please contact Jadzia. EVCOM reserves the right to refuse any UKPCA Press Card application.
I HAVE MORE QUESTIONS?
Not a problem, call us on 020 7287 1002 where a member of the team will be happy to help!
HOW CAN I END MY MEMBERSHIP?
Membership is ongoing unless we hear from you otherwise and you will be charged from 1st January each year. We are pleased that not many members resign their membership, but if for any reason you need to do so you must give us one month’s notice by e-mail by contacting Sophie .
Memberships are renewed annually on the 1st January. If you pay your annual rate and leave the membership during the year we will require 1 months notice and will process a refund from the beginning of the next month. For example, if you left in on the 12th of November you would be issued a refund for the month of December (pro rata).
HOW DO I JOIN THE EVCOM MEMBERSHIP?
Get in contact directly with Sophie.