Allied Media Projects

Media strategies for a more just and creative world
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Photo by Vanessa Miller
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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.

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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.

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Photo by Ara Howrani
Photo by Vanessa Miller
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.

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


  1. AMPTalk is a discussion and organizing system for the Allied Media Projects network.

  2. We use AMPtalk to coordinate, share, and document Allied Media Conference sessions, tracks, network gatherings, and practice spaces.

  3. Start a discussion on the AMPtalk Newswire or share job postings, grant opportunities, and calls for submissions on the Opportunities board.


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

Coordinators of Tracks, Practice Spaces, and Network Gatherings Convene to Plan Best AMC Ever

Feb 7, 2013

On January 18-20, organizers from around the country gathered at the Allied Media Projects office in Detroit to plan for the 21 Tracks, Practice Spaces, and Network Gatherings (TPSNG) of the 15th annual Allied Media Conference.

The AMC2013 Coordinators Meeting came a full six months ahead of that special weekend in June when hundreds of media makers descend upon Detroit to share their love for media tools, technologies and strategies, storytelling, communications campaigns, and much more.

At the meeting, coordinators were introduced (or re-introduced for the many returning coordinators) to the process of organizing the AMC. We worked on solidifying the visions of each TPSNG. Through "speed-dating" sessions, we encouraged cross-pollination between TPSNGs (for example, what happens at the intersection of Webmaking and Healing Justice?).

We also got into the nitty-gritty of grassroots fundraisng plans and the coordinating structures for each TPSNG. We explored best practices for ensuring that workshops are as hands-on, participatory, and accessible as possible.

AMC Coordinators Meeting

Inspired by Allied Media Project's "strategy screen", each TPSNG created its own unique strategy screen for evaluating session proposals, logistical considerations, and collaboration opportunities.

In preparation for a milestone year in the life of the conference, we introduced a new resource into the AMC Coordinators organizing process, the How We Organize the AMC Zine, Vol. 1. The zine includes contributions from AMC coordinators, participants and conference staff and offers detailed guidelines to the meticulous and magical process of curating AMC content and creating a conference culture of fun and collaborative learning. The zine will soon be available for download and purchase through this website.

Get ready for the best AMC ever, and in the meantime, check out a little time-lapse footage of the AMC Coordinators in action. The video was recorded by coordinators of the Discovering Technology (DiscoTech) Lab: