Membership

There are a lot of reasons to join the RAF.

Membership with the RAF offers individuals and organizations visibility and networking opportunities with a wide range of marketing, advertising, business, and media professionals in the Rochester community.  Membership also offers unique access to RAF professional development opportunities.

RAF Member benefits vary based on membership level, which is determined by company size. We offer basic levels of support as well as specific event and program sponsorship opportunities.

All Members receive:

  • Public recognition in the membership directory on the RAF website
  • Member discounts at all programs and professional and social events (including the annual American Advertising Awards, 20 Minutes & A Beer and special guest speaker events)
    • Our American Advertising Awards (aka The ADDYs) draws 500+ advertising professionals from the Rochester community and serves as a way to celebrate and recognize the great work that’s been done over the course of the previous year
  • Invitations to exclusive member-only events
  • Free job postings on the RAF website (posts are viewed by job seekers interested in a variety of advertising and marketing positions) — valued at $30/month
  • Advanced notice of all events
  • Voting representation at RAF Annual Member’s meeting
  • Multiple networking opportunities with RAF membership and the advertising community throughout the year
  • Scholarship benefit to Nazareth College's MS Integrated Marketing and Communications program in the School of Management, reducing master degree program costs by 25% (amounts to three free courses and is an estimated savings of nearly $8,000!). More details.

Some highlights of the RAF calendar include:

20 Minutes & A Beer

Every month or so, we feature a talk hosted by a local guru of a specific discipline. And once a year we bring in a national guru, for added inspiration.

Broadcast Events

Throughout the year, the RAF creates programming specific to broadcast production and ideation, including a review of recent Cannes Lions winners and the year's latest crop of Super Bowl advertising.

Creativity United

The RAF partners with this AIGA initiative aimed at uniting our creative folk from around the world.

Freelance Events

Each spring, our new freelancer networking event helps connect freelancers with potential clients as well as fellow freelancers.

Student Events

We love our students. Look for events ranging from portfolio reviews to Creative Speed Dates — events designed to help students build interviewing skills with professionals.

American Advertising Awards
aka "The ADDYs"

Better dust off your tie, this annual awards show is the Oscars of the Rochester ad community.


And now for some icing:

The RAF is affiliated with the American Advertising Federation (AAF),
so you’ll enjoy AAF perks, like:

50% off an Adweek subscription

25% off an Advertising Age subscription

Variety of discounts off FedEx services

Student Discount Membership | $25
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Student discounts available for ADDY Award entries
  • Notification of 20 Minutes & A Pizza presentations on various topics for personal & professional development
  • Ability to host portfolio reviews at your college/ university with a panel of local advertising professionals
  • Access to wide variety of advertising industry professionals to develop connections, explore internship opportunities and build job prospect contacts for post-college job search
Individual Membership | $125
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • One free ADDY ticket (one time offer for new members)
  • Invitation to and special recognition at Annual Freelancer event
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Nonprofit Organization | $300
  • One great price for your entire staff!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Company (2-5 employees) Membership | $300
  • As little as $60-$150/pp annually!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Company (6-15 employees) Membership | $600
  • As little as $40-$100/pp annually!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Company (16-50 employees) Membership | $1200
  • As little as $24-$75/pp annually!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Company (51-75 employees) Membership | $1750
  • As little as $23-$34/pp annually!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Company (76-150 employees) Membership | $2300
  • As little as $15-$30/pp annually!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
Company (151+ employees) Membership | $2850
  • Less than $19/pp annually!
  • All Member Benefits (noted above)
  • Special membership pricing on guest speaker and social events
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