Membership Types & Prices


A Member may be anyone active in audio engineering or acoustics who has an academic degree or the equivalent in scientific or professional experience in audio engineering and its allied arts and is familiar with the application of engineering principles and data in that field.

Full members can vote in Society elections, hold office (e.g. Board of Governors, Section Chair), and those with public online profiles appear in the results of "Find an Audio Engineer" searches.

After you have become an Associate Member you will be invited to upgrade to full Member status.

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If you already are an Associate Member you can Apply for Member Status.


Associate Member

An Associate Member may be anyone interested in audio engineering and in the society's objectives, but who does not yet have the degree or the equivalent in professional experience required of a Member.

Associate membership includes all the privileges except voting, holding office or chairmanships, although Associate Members can serve on a professional section committee.

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Student Member

A Student Member may be anyone interested in audio who is enrolled in a recognized school, college or university.

Student members shall be eligible to vote in, to serve on committees of, and to hold office in student sections and the Student Delegate Assembly.

Students can pay student rates for one year following graduation and then qualify for a one-time "Recent Graduate" discount (of approximately 35%) when upgrading from Student to either Associate Member or Full Member, depending on qualifications and experience.

Students may claim status as Student Members during any period(s) of academic training. These need not be consecutive but cannot exceed a total of 10 years. After 10 years a Student Member will be converted to Associate or Full Member, depending on qualifications and experience, at the Recent Graduate rate for one year, and then at the prevailing fees.

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Sustaining Member

Sustaining Membership is available to organizations who wish to support the AES.

Visit the Sustaining Members page.


Life Member

Life Membership recognizes long-standing members’ support for the Audio Engineering Society. Any Member, Fellow, or Associate in good standing who has been a paid member for at least 25 years can, when he or she reaches the age of 65, apply for Life member status and be exempt from paying dues from that time onwards. This includes all the existing privileges of their membership category plus the online edition of the AES Journal. In line with other membership categories, Life members also have the option to subscribe to the printed edition of the Journal and the E-Library at the prevailing rates.

If you believe you meet the above criteria you can request an upgrade to Life Membership.

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