By joining the American Association of Event Professionals, you are entering a professional organization.
No longer a gig-to-gig worker, you develop a professional career. You get the credibility that comes with the AAEP badge, but you also get the ongoing training and career development that's been missing.
We are excited about the growth of the AAEP so far, and are grateful for the Experiential Marketing Professionals who have seen the opportunity and who have jumped onboard already!
Change, even change that comes quickly, doesn’t come overnight, and questions are normal - and they're welcome.
It’s ultimately our members who will make up this association, and it’s this association that will professionalize our industry, so hearing people’s needs is not only nice, it’s critical. [Read More]
The best events and the best roles at the best events go to the best people. Right?
Now there is a way to know who the professionals are. They are the members of the American Association of Event Professionals.
It won’t be long before brands, agencies, and staffing managers will have to decide between professionals and non-professionals. It’s going to be a lot better to be one of the professionals.
You’ll have leverage as a leader.
How does anyone know that you are a trustworthy professional to entrust with a brand’s reputation?
Here’s how: they can see your profile on the AAEP website, see that you're legit.
They can see you agree to uphold the only industry-wide Code of Conduct.
Of course, there are a bunch of other specific benefits. Career development, training, networking. All of this is laid out on our benefits page.
Maybe you don't need to read more. Maybe you're already convinced that you want to be viewed as someone who is the best.
If you want to be viewed as an XM professional, joining the AAEP is easy. It’s affordable, too!
What makes members of the AAEP legit? In part, it's that they've all agreed to the same code of conduct. This code of conduct, for the first time, establishes basic, industry-wide standards:
· NEVER no-call / no-show an event that you have been booked to work
· Dependably communicate as early as possible, generally 48 hours or more in advance, for events that you have committed to work if your availability changes
· Always arrive at events clean and sober and remain clean and sober throughout the event
· Arrive at events in event-appropriate clothing, clean, showered, fresh, shaved or with a well-maintained beard, overall well groomed
· Never commit an act of sexual, race, religious or gender harassment
· Never speak disparagingly of the brands that you are contracted to represent
· Be a positive, upbeat, hardworking, helpful, professional person
· Contribute constructively to the team dynamic
· Follow the instructions laid out by the account and field management to the best of your ability
· Not disparage, insult or slander another team member on an event or promotion
· Conduct yourself in a way that leads to the best possible outcomes for the brands and companies that you’ve been contracted to represent, in line with the intentions of the agency, brand, or company you’re serving
· Conduct yourself professionally in any and all dispute resolution, bringing concerns or issues to the individual or organization with whom you have the issue, in an effort to resolve the issue, and not in a public forum that will not lead to a resolution of the issue.
· Review and understand training material prior to arriving at the event or promotion
· Understand responsibilities and expectations prior to arriving at the event or promotion
For the complete set of member terms, click here.
Charter Membership costs just $49 per year for the first 1,000 members, which is a 50% savings from the $99 membership cost.
This nominal fee equates to just a few hours of pay in return for extensive benefits and one of the lowest professional membership costs in any industry.
In April 2020, the AAEP surveyed its members to learn how the coronavirus pandemic was affecting them. We've compiled the results of that survey into a report, which is available here.
What started as a series to answer questions about how members can manage through the crisis has become a powerful career development training series. The archive of Leadership Livestreams Is like on-demand career training at your fingertips.
Most of our resources prior to the Corona Crisis were reserved for members. However, in light of the crisis, we began providing ongoing help to anyone and everyone in events as our act of open-handed goodwill to help stabilize and reinforce this industry. Staying Afloat During Corona and Money Help For Event Professionals.
Yeah, but what do you do?
For those of us who have made a career in Experiential Marketing, there has not always been an easy way to explain just exactly what it is that we do. Ours is the "Event Life," whether that's putting cans in hands or putting miles under the tires of a tour vehicle.
The AAEP is the organization of "us," the Field Managers, Tour Managers, Product Specialists, Brand Ambassadors, Promotional Models, Emcees, Production Managers and the wide and assorted mix of people who make up the XM Industry.
The AAEP is "professionalizing" the Experiential Marketing Industry.
Never before have we had a membership organization that we can belong to, in the same way that doctors have the American Medical Association or realtors have the National Association of Realtors.
Now it's more than gig-to-gig.
Now it's a legitimate career.
Because the Experiential Marketing Industry is made up of independent contractors, who is providing professional development, the coaching, the mentoring?
Now, for the first time, AAEP members have access to an organization that will help advance their career.