Become a Member

TAIS is a membership organization with a mission to make sure that animation artists can thrive in the city of Toronto. Our membership is made up of a diverse community of people based all over the world. Once you become a member, you’ll get to vote on our activities, enjoy membership perks, and for Studio Members: access our affordable studios and equipment. Casual fans, industry artists, or reclusive sand-animators – our membership has a common interest in keeping animation weird.

membership tiers

For anyone who wants to support our programs, but doesn’t need access to our studio space or equipment.​

  • Membership pricing on workshops & events.
  • Free submission to TAIS Showcase.
  • Eligibility for TAIS Artist in Residence programs.
  • Reciprocal membership benefits with LIFT, Trinity Square Video  and Inter/Access.
  • Access to MANO/RAMO Personal Health Insurance
  • Voting privileges at the TAIS AGM.

For anyone wanting to access to our production studio spaces and offsite equipment rentals.

  • All the benefits of a Supporting Membership.
  • Access to studio & equipment rentals.
  • Access to IMAA Network & Benefits.

For organizations who are undertaking an animation project.

Your organization’s employees will gain:

  • Access to studio & equipment rentals.
  • Member pricing on workshops and events.
  • Voting privileges at the TAIS AGM (one vote per organization).

membership tiers

Supporting Membership

Studio Membership

Organizational Membership

For anyone who wants to support our programs, but doesn’t need access to our studio space or equipment.​
For anyone wanting to access to our production studio spaces and offsite equipment rentals.
For organizations who are undertaking an animation project.
  • Membership pricing on workshops & events.
  • Free submission to TAIS Showcase.
  • Eligibility for TAIS Artist in Residence programs.
  • Reciprocal membership benefits with LIFT, Trinity Square Video  and Inter/Access.
  • Access to MANO/RAMO Personal Health Insurance
  • Voting privileges at the TAIS AGM.
  • All the benefits of a Supporting Membership.
  • Access to studio & equipment rentals.
  • Access to IMAA Network & Benefits.

Your organization’s employees will gain:

  • Access to studio & equipment rentals.
  • Member pricing on workshops and events.
  • Voting privileges at the TAIS AGM (one vote per organization).

$25/yr

$100/yr

starting from

$200/yr

Member Pricing on Workshops and Events

All of our members receive member pricing on workshops and any other events held through TAIS! They also have access to our subsidy program for workshops, and any free events held for members. Learn more about our workshops here.
All of our members enjoy the following discounts at local businesses:
 
Above Ground Art Supplies
  • Members can enjoy 10% Off all regularly priced merchandise.

The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM)
  •  Members can enjoy up to 20% off regular admission rates.
  • Contact us for info on how to use the discount for ordering online.

Fresh Restaurants
  • Members can enjoy 15% off of takeout at all locations.
  • Members must show proof of membership every time they order. Discount only applies to takeout. Does not apply to: desserts, retail drinks (including cold pressed juice), baggus, cookbooks, 32oz bottles or any other retail items. Cannot be combined with any other discounts (including Refresh Yourself and the 15@3).
 
The Greater Good
  • Members can enjoy $1 off any pint.
  • Greater Good is a longtime neighborhood staple, located at 229 Geary Avenue. It is a beloved arcade bar, known for its collection of vintage games, pinball, and ski ball. They also feature pizza by North of Brooklyn and, most importantly, an ever-rotating selection of 20 carefully curated taps with a strong focus on Ontario breweries. Your TAIS membership will get you a dollar off any pint, anytime!

Discounts at Local Businesses

Voting Privileges at the AGM

Benefits

All of our members are invited to attend, and entitled to vote at, the Annual General Meeting (Organizational members get 1 vote per organization). Members are also eligible to sit on TAIS committees and/or be a part of the TAIS Board of Directors.

MANO/RAMO Personal Health Insurance

Supporting and Studio Members can now access Personal Health Insurance through MANO/RAMO and provider Arts & Enter­tain­ment Plan — an affordable health insurance plan offered by the not-for-profit insurer AFBS.
 
MANO/RAMO (Media Arts Network of Ontario / Réseau des arts médiatiques de l’Ontario) was created in 2009 for the express purpose of providing a unified and responsive voice for Ontario’s media arts sector.
 
TAIS is a MANO member organization. MANO member organizations that are membership based organizations of professionals, such as production centres (like TAIS) are able to offer the plan to their professional artist membership.
 

Reciprocal Workshop Benefits

Supporting and Studio Members can enjoy reciprocal workshop discounts with our local media arts partners, Liaison of Independent Filmmakers Toronto (LIFT), Trinity Square Video (TSV) and InterAccess.
LIFT is offering the opportunity to register in LIFT’s workshops at the LIFT members’ rates. Full Details on LIFT Workshops here,
TSV is offering the opportunity to register in TSV workshops at their Producing Member rates. Full Details on TSV Workshops here.
InterAccess is offering the opportunity to register in I/A workshops at their Annual Workshop Discount Pass and Annual Studio Access Pass holder rates. Full Details on InterAccess Workshops here.
Full details on the Reciprocal Workshop Discounts Program here.

Free Submissions

Supporting and Studio Members are eligible to submit their film to the TAIS Annual Showcase, and any other calls for submission through TAIS, at no charge. Learn more about Showcase here.

Residency Eligibility

Supporting and Studio Members are eligible to apply for our Artists-In-Residence programs. These programs support the production of new animated work by artists in TAIS studios through a combination of funding and in-kind resources. Annually, the program invites artists to engage in self-directed research and production towards the completion of a new independent animated film, video, or project. The residency includes a combination of monetary funding and in-kind use of studio space, equipment and resources at TAIS Studios. Learn more about our Residency programs here.

IMAA Network Benefits

Studio Members have access to membership benefits at several other production centres across Canada through IMAAN.
“IMAAN is a network of IMAA-affiliated production centres who have adopted and/or adapted a policy that extends certain membership privileges to artists travelling from other participating centres. In other words, IMAAN facilitates artists in accessing equipment and facilities from centres in other cities, without having to take out multiple memberships.”  Learn more here.

Studio & Equipment Rentals

TAIS offers studio space & equipment rentals to our Studio and Organizational Members!
We have 5 versatile studios that can be used for any kind of animation: stop-motion, top-down animation, motion capture, hand-drawn animation, VR, and more. Learn more about our studios here. We also have an extensive catalogue of animation equipment for off site rental, so you can choose what you need and bring it home. Learn more about our off site rentals here.
Studio members can apply for the Studio Production Support program, which offers discounted pricing on studio & equipment rentals for those who need financial assistance. Learn more about SPS here.

Click to download a full PDF of the TAIS Code of Conduct for the Board of Directors, Committees of the Board, Staff, and Membership of the Toronto Animated Image Society ->

Registration Form

Complete the form below to become a TAIS member. Once it’s been submitted our staff will contact you to complete the registration process, including arranging payment.

Note: Members must sign up for AMS in order to complete the registration process. Learn more about AMS here.
TORONTO ANIMATED
IMAGE SOCIETY
1411 Dufferin Street Unit B
Toronto, ON
M6H 4C7 4165337889

e-mail: info@tais.ca hours:
Monday – Thursday 10AM-6PM