Membership at Charles Street Video is open to professional artists working with video, film, audio, computer graphics and other electronic media. When using CSV's equipment, members must be working on non-commercial projects, over which they have sole creative control, to take full advantage of the facility's reduced rates. To become a member, contact the CSV office to make an appointment for an in-house interview. At that time, you will be required to fill out and sign an application form in which you agree to adhere to CSV's policies and procedures (please see the section on copyright on the Member Responsibilities page for further information).
The membership fee is $150.00 to join in the first year and $125.00 annually to renew. Members of other Toronto-based artist-run media centres are given a $25.00 reduction from the first-year fee. Membership fees are subject to the H.S.T. and may change without notice. Memberships must be made in person, but can now be renewed online.
Members can attend and vote at CSV's annual general meetings.
National Access Program
This program is designed for artists traveling to Toronto from out of town to work on a "one-off" production project, over which they have creative control, and who are members of other Canadian, non-profit, artist-run video, audio and film organizations. CSV will honour artists' memberships in these organizations by waiving our membership fee and charging our Artist Rate, which is normally given only to members. Contact the office for further details about this program.
CSV has adopted and upholds the City of Toronto's policy statement which prohibits discrimination and harrassment and protects the right of all its staff members and clients to be free of hate activity based on age, ancestry, citizenship, creed (religion), colour, disability, ethnic origin, family status, gender identity, level of literacy, marital status, place of origin, membership in a union or staff association, political affiliation, race, receipt of public assistance, record of offences, sex, sexual orientation or any other personal characteristics from, or within, the organization.
Non-Member or Commercial Productions
Charles Street Video offers a competitive rates for both members and non-members working on commercial productions. All commercial or non-member projects must be discussed with the appropriate staff in advance. Note that, for insurance and security reasons, non-members may not rent mobile equipment.