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Welcome to the heart of creativity.

The Association For Creative Industries is the premier trade association for the creative arts products industry. We foster creativity, business growth and inclusiveness to stimulate industry success. We are the heart of a vibrant global community of manufacturers, retailers, crafters, makers, DIY'ers, influencers, digital content creators and creative professionals. Here you can make vital connections to exchange ideas and inspire collaborations that lead to new business growth.
 
Find your success at the heart of creativity, where we inspire you to learn, connect and discover.

 

To join AFCI, identify the category that best fits your business and click on the link to download the application. The applications list our dues schedule and member category descriptions.

Already an AFCI Member? CLICK HERE to renew.

     

  • JOIN ONLINE - Submit an online application to join the Association For Creative Industries.

    We also accept applications by email, fax and mail. Please click the links below to download an application to print or submit digitally by email.

  • SUPPLIERS - Companies whose principal business is supplying craft, hobby and creative merchandise through manufacturing, publishing, distributing or providing services to creative arts products industry companies.

  • BUYERS - Companies whose business is purchasing creative arts products industry merchandise for resale to the consumer. This category includes brick and mortar store-front retailers, online, catalog, TV, and media retailers and institutional buyers such as retreats, camps and military base craft centers.
  • DESIGNERS - An individual or firm that conceives, invents, creates or executes decorative crafts or artistic work for licensing or for sale to members of the creative arts products industry.
  • PROFESSIONAL MAKER/DIYer - A professional maker/DIYer/crafter with a home-based creative arts industry business that creates finished products or handmade/one-of-a-kind items, gifts or collectibles are produced and sold on consignment, through special orders, at regional craft shows, or via an e-commerce website.
  • EDUCATOR/DEMONSTRATOR - An educator/demonstrator for a store, studio, private/public school or other educational institution; conducts classes which use products from the creative arts industry; is directly involved in instructing students in using craft materials, products and supplies as part of their education and does not have any buying authority from their employer.
  • DIGITAL CONTENT CREATOR - A Digital Content Creator posts original, creative arts products industry related content at least once per week to their blog, YouTube, or other social media platform; or are paid to post content on behalf of a creative arts products industry company. Their content extends beyond newsletters, forums and/or personal diaries. AFCI Digital Content Creators must have a web presence of at least six months and have more than 10,000 page views per month.
  • MANUFACTURER REPRESENTATIVE - An individual sales agent or a sales agent firm that represents and sells products offered by current CHA supplier and distributor members; is paid by commission by their clients; and calls on wholesale and retail accounts within the creative arts industry; and does not manufacture products or carry inventory of the products they sell or represent.
  • EMERITUS MEMBERSHIP – Recognizes and includes those who have served AFCI and the creative arts products industry and are now partially or fully retired, providing an opportunity for continued friendship and service.
  • NEW START-UP MEMBERSHIPS - For companies that have been in business for less than two years; have annual sales under $100,000; and not have been an AFCI member within the past two years. The Start-up category is available for no more than two consecutive years. 
    • START-UP BUYER - Companies must have an online or storefront creative arts industry retail business that has been in business for less than two years; have annual sales under $100,000; and not have been an AFCI member within the past two years. 
    • START-UP SUPPLIER - Companies must be in development of a creative arts industry product, service or application that has been introduced into the market within the last year or will be within the next year; have been in business for less than two years; have annual sales under $100,000; and not have been an AFCI member within the past two years. 
    • START-UP MAKER/DIYer - To qualify for this membership companies must be in development of a creative arts industry product, service or application that has been introduced into the market within the last year or will be within the next year; have been in business for less than two years; have annual sales under $100,000; and not have been an AFCI member within the past two years.