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April 23, 2015

Become a Member

Step 1: Pick your membership status

Technician level membership has an annual fee of $50.00. When you take TV Production 1 for the first time, the class fee covers the first year of your membership. As a Technician you can volunteer as crew on the production shoots of NECAT Producers. All students who have completed TV Production 1 can volunteer for any position in the studio and the control room.

Producer level membership has an annual fee of $100.00. When you take TV Production 1 for the first time, the class fee covers half of your Producer membership price for the first year. TV Production 1 and TV Production 2 classes are required for this membership. Once classes are completed and the remainder of your membership is paid for, you can then book the studio to start shooting your own production.

If you would like to book a tour of the studio, please email pegstudio@nashville.gov.


Step 2: Take our classes

NECAT offers two required classes to begin using our studio.

TV Production 1 is a 1-day class teaching you all of the technical elements of working in our TV studio: Camera Operation, Video Switching, Audio Engineering, Conducting Interviews, Lighting Design and Teleprompter Control. You also learn the Floor Director and Technical Director roles. This class is required for all new members. After you have taken this class, you will automatically earn a Technician level membership for your first year at the studio. TV Production 1 students must attend entire duration of class to gain credit.

TV Production 2 is a 2-night class, which is taken after TV Production 1 has been completed. This class teaches you all of the elements of putting a series together, managing a studio, collaborating with crew, and becoming a NECAT Producer. This class is only required for those who want to become a Producer. Technician-level members do not have to take this class. Each night of TV Production 2 class must be taken within the same week. However, TV Production 1 and TV Production 2 do not have to be taken within the same month.

Registration is required for all classes.


Step 3: Enhance your skills

We are pleased to offer 3 complimentary technical classes after you become a member: Editing, Green Screen and Lighting, and Audio. Learn more about specialty classes.

Please note, that you cannot take these 3 classes until you have completed the required TV Production 1class and paid your yearly membership fee in full. You must be an active member to take these.

To sign up for each, please contact the instructor: email pegstudio@nashville.gov or call 615-354-1731.

Please do not show up at the studio unannounced for class, without contacting and confirming with the instructor first.

Important: After reserving class time with the instructor, if you fail to show up (no call, no show) for any of the Specialty Classes or fail to cancel within 24 hours, you maybe issued a violation towards your membership.


Register Online

If you would like to sign up for our TV Production 1 or Production 2 classes please contact pegstudio@nashville.gov or use the form below to pay online.

If you need to reschedule, please contact pegstudio@nashville.gov. Please be aware that failure to cancel your class reservation within 48 hours of class start time will result in a loss of your fees and class credit. Notify NECAT or PEG Studio staff if you are going to be late. If you are going to be more than 20 minutes late for any class, please reschedule. If you leave early on nights of class, you may have to retake the course per discretion of the instructors.

To sign up for TV Production 1 class for the first time and pay your class fee, follow these steps:

  1. Enter your information in the form below.
  2. Choose “Technician” under “Classification,”
  3. On the right side of the form, select the date of the class you want to attend in the drop down under “TV Production 1 Sign Up”
  4. Click “Submit.” You’ll be redirected to PayPal for payment.