Allied Media Projects

Media strategies for a more just and creative world
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About AMP

  1. Allied Media Projects cultivates media strategies for a more just, creative, and collaborative world.

  2. We convene close to 2,000 people annually in Detroit to develop and exchange strategies through the Allied Media Conference.

  3. The conference is created each year through a participatory design process. Out of the conference emerge new projects, campaigns, and collaborations that continue year round.

Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by AJ Manoulian
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Sponsored Projects

  1. AMP sponsors projects by providing fiscal management, program design, evaluation, fundraising and other support that draws from the capacities we have built after 15 years of producing the AMC.

  2. These "allied media projects" are autonomous and interdependent, working together to grow their own capacity and the capacity of our network as a whole.

  3. Current sponsored projects include Digital Stewards, Detroit Future Schools, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition, Co.Open, and Complex Movements. Join us – fill out an assessment form for your project.

Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Vanessa Miller
Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Ara Howrani

Allied Media Conference

  1. The Allied Media Conference is a collaborative laboratory of media-based organizing strategies for transforming our world, held every Summer in Detroit.

  2. The AMC is a network of networks – social justice organizers, community technologists, transformative artists, educators, entrepreneurs, and many others – all using media in innovative ways.

  3. The 16th annual AMC is June 19-22, 2014 in Detroit. Register today! You can also sponsor the AMC.


  1. Contact us, we'd love to hear from you.

Let AMC2013 season begin! Propose a Track, Network Gathering, or Practice Space

Oct 4, 2012

It is time to submit proposals for Tracks, Practice Spaces and Network Gatherings for the 15th annual Allied Media Conference, June 20-23, 2013 in Detroit. This is your opportunity to shape the major content areas of the AMC and make sure that this year's conference is awesome.

Ready to apply now? Head over to AMPtalk to submit your proposal.


The experience of coordinating an AMC Track was truly awesome. I loved feeling so welcome and that all coordinators seemed to be totally invested in the common goal of making the AMC awesome. I got so much support outside of our network gathering coordinators group - everyone helped!
- AMC2012 Coordinator

Before you submit your proposal, consider the questions:

  • What seeds were planted at AMC2012 that could be nurtured into an amazing Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space at AMC2013?
  • How can we build upon the amazingness of returning Tracks, Network Gatherings and Practice Spaces?
  • What are some brand new ideas for Tracks, Network Gatherings and Practice Spaces will embody AMP Network principles and advance our practices of media-based organizing? (we define "media-based organizing" as any collaborative process that uses media, art or technology to bring about a more just and creative world.

Once you have considered these questions, decide which content umbrella makes the most sense for your idea.

Tracks are series of up to 12 AMC sessions (aka workshops, strategy sessions, presentations or caucuses) that explore a focus area of media-based organizing. They should contain a mix of hands-on skill-sharing, strategy and theory. For example, last year's Webmaking Track included the sessions "Bake Your Own Website" (skill-sharing), "Keeping Track:Surveillance and Organizing" (strategy) and "Civic Hacking for Self-Governance" (theory). A track must be open and broadly relevant to the AMC community as a whole.

Network Gatherings are day-long mini-conferences on the Thursday before the AMC for focused strategy conversations within networks. They may be a convening point for established networks or the launch pad for brand-new ones. They also provide an 'orientation' for groups to get their bearings and to plan how to get the most out of the AMC, before diving in. A track may be open to the whole AMC community or closed to specific groups.

Practice Spaces foster collaborative art and media projects, hands-on sessions and open studio time for participants throughout the weekend. It is a physical space in which to implement a practice that makes the conference more accessible, transformative and wonderful for everyone.

Review the descriptions of last year's Track, Network Gatherings and Practice Spaces, here.

Contact if you have any additional questions, or if you'd like to bounce ideas off AMP staff before submitting your proposal.

Without further adieu, let the proposing begin!