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If you and your organization are involved in the global creative arts industry, membership in AFCI is essential for your success. Whether you’re just getting started and need the tools and connections to drive your business forward, or have a successful business that is looking to expand your presence, influence or access to information to take your organization to the next level of achievement, AFCI has what you need.

AFCI is your trusted resource for industry information, events and insights. It’s a network of thousands of companies, individuals and influencers at your fingertips. It’s the credibility that comes with becoming a member of your industry’s leading trade organization. AFCI membership will take your business from average to astonishing.
AFCI is pleased to offer the following member only benefits. Click on a benefit category to see the full description:

Ambassador Program

Our Ambassador Program rewards members who help our membership grow through referrals.


Creativation - Free access to all members and deep discounts for exhibiting members
iDiscover Chats - Online learning at your desktop
Creative Industries Buyer's Guide - the digital buyer’s guide for professionals in the creative industries seeking products and services to help run their businesses more efficiently and profitably.
Access to private AFCI Facebook Groups 
SGS Consumer Testing Services – SGS is the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing and certification company
Staples - Discounts on printing and copying services
UPS Savings Program® – Save up to 34%* on shipping
Office Depot – 10% off online prices, free shipping on all orders of $50 or more
Lenovo – Save up to 30% off the everyday public web price of Lenovo's entire line of PC products and accessories for the home and office!
LifeLock – Discounts with LifeLock, an industry-leader in identity theft protection
Peak Branding - Receive 10% off all product purchases for your corporate identity and promotional needs. Trade Show branding, corporate apparel, promotional products.
Intuit Quickbooks Self-Employed – 50% savings on tax prep software
TSYS Merchant Solutions – payment processing for business to business
ProPay – 24/7 payment processing; Smartphone, Tablet or PC
Kabbage reviews data through their automated online application to quickly approve small businesses for flexible lines of credit of up to $150,000.
Gradient – the premier AFCI quarterly publication of the creative arts industries
Career Corner – Monthly career and human resources information from The Creative Network
Creative Scrapbooker Magazine - 20% discount on NEW 1-year and 2-year subscriptions to the magazine, 5% discount on wholesale orders for retail store members
AFCI Member Newsletter - Monthly newsletter with industry and Association news and trends
Exclusive Health/Business Insurance Program – The buying power of 300 national associations pooled together.

Just Works
- Justworks is an all-in-one HR platform that automates and manages payroll, HR, compliance and benefits. Business leaders can outsource their HR compliance risk, resulting in less paperwork and increased peace of mind.

Rental Car Discounts – Avis and Budget discount rentals
AFCI Perks Program - The AFCI Perks Program through Hotels for Hope offers unique travel discounts exclusively to AFCI members through Hotels for Hope's hotel network. Use AFCI Perks to save up to 50% OFF retail hotel rates around the globe for all your business travel.

2016 Size of the Creative Arts Industry Report

AFCI Designer Section Trend Reports

VALID8D™ Design Preference Research Tool – Test up to 24 designs pre-launch via screened consumer panel by craft channel or by specific retailer
Constant Contact – Email marketing platform
Hootsuite – Social Media Dashboard Social Media Management Tools

 SeekAR – Augmented Reality (AR) solution
Project PR -  Project PR offers free and discounted public relations services to AFCI members.

Canada Only


Lenovo - Save up to 30% off the everyday public web price of Lenovo’s entire line of PC products and accessories for the home and office!
UPS - You can now save 40%* on UPS® shipping services!
Staples - You are now eligible to receive 20% off your full service printing needs at any Staples Copy & Print Centre
AFCI and Chase Paymentech are working together to deliver a tailored payment program for Canadian members to accept credit and debit cards. Let Chase Paymentech provide you with a free cost analysis.
Exclusive Insurance Program - Receive competitive rates for a series of insurance products from Health Insurance (Individual & Group), Critical Illness, Dental Insurance, Disability Income, Life Insurance, Visioncare Insurance, Long Term Care and Person Insurance for Businesses. 

All of these benefits and more can be accessed in the Members Only section of this site. Click here for information on how to join.