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.

FAQs for Proposing a Track, Practice Space or Network Gathering at AMC2013

Oct 25, 2012

Interested in leading a Track, Practice Space or Network Gathering at the 15th Annual Allied Media Conference?

Check out some of the answers to the most frequently asked questions for potential coordinators below.

Info sessions will be held Thursday, 10/25 @ 3:00 p.m. EST and Monday, 10/29 @ 5:00 p.m. EST. Email for call-in details.

Can I propose a combination of track, network gathering, and practice space?

Yes, but it's unlikely that we will accept more than one proposal from the same group. If you feel strongly that your group needs to do more than one thing, be sure to give a detailed explaination of your capacity in the proposal form.

If I propose a track, and it is accepted, do I still need to submit individual session proposals in February?

Yes. Every single AMC session must go through the session proposal process in the Spring so that it can be reviewed by other coordinators, AMP staff and advisors.

What is the general timeline for organizing a Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space?

  • November 12, 2012 - Proposals are due for T/PS/NGs
  • December 2012 - Accepted proposals are announced; organizing begins
  • January 2013 - Coordinators meeting in Detroit, January 18 - 20
  • Late January 2013 - Call for AMC2013 Session Proposals goes out
  • March 2013 - Deadline to propose AMC2013 Sessions
  • April 2013 - Accepted AMC2013 session organizers are notified
  • May 2013 - Session outlines and logistics are finalized
  • June 2013 - AMC2013, June 20-23!

Approximately how much time will it take to coordinate a Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space?

Each Track, Network Gathering and Practice Space should have at least three coordinators who can commit an average of 7 hours per week between December 2012 and June 2013 (this is variable and may be more like 2 hours per week earlier in the year and closer to 15 or 20 hours in the final weeks leading up to the AMC). In addition to its three coordinators, a Track, Network Gathering or Practice Space should have 3 - 5 "supporters" who help out with specific tasks as needed.

What support will I receive from AMP?

AMP staff will advise on the development of vision and content of Tracks, Network Gatherings, and Practice Spaces and facilitate connections between coordinators, potential participants and funders.

Coordinators are invited to a meeting in Detroit, January 18 - 20, 2013 (bundle up—it will be cold!). At the retreat we will share and develop skills to be used in the AMC organizing process: facilitative leadership, popular education, grassroots fundraising, online communications infrastructure, and accessibility.

All Tracks, Network Gatherings, Practice Spaces, and Delegations will be eligible for a limited number of mini-grants to support grassroots fundraising to get their networks to the AMC. All will have access to AMP’s online communication tools for track organizing throughout the year.

Can I bounce my ideas off somebody at AMP before submitting my proposal?

Yes! Email