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
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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.

Contact

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

JUNE 30: AMC2012 Music Showcase feat. MEN, Lauren Flax, Black Opera, Waajeed, Emily Wells, Miz Korona

Jun 18, 2012

The Allied Media Conference returns to Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD) for another monster music showcase. This is always a huge party and hugely fun.

This year's crazy awesome line-up is truly an expression of the AMC's eclectic eccentricity: JD Samson & MEN (ex Le Tigre / electropop), Lauren Flax (house), The Black Opera (hip-hop), Waajeed (hip-hop), and Emily Wells (classical / electronics). Hosted by the phenomenal Miz Korona.

The AMC2012 Music showcase is Saturday, June 30, 2012, 8PM-2AM. All ages, wheelchair accessible, and free to registered AMC participants. You can also RSVP on Facebook.

JD Samson & MEN

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MEN is a Brooklyn-based band and art/performance collective led by LE TIGRE’s JD Samson.

MEN focus on the energy of live performance and radical potential of dance music. Their music speaks of issues such as wartime economies, sexual compromise, and the demand for liberties through lyrical content and an inventive, high-energy stage show.

The group began in 2007 with the DJ/production/remix team of LE TIGRE members JD Samson and Johanna Fateman. With LE TIGRE on hiatus, when the duo began to write new songs, it made sense to merge their efforts with JD’s other project HIRSUTE (Michael O’Neill, JD Samson, Emily Roysdon and Ginger Brooks Takahashi).MEN put out their debut record, "Talk About Body" on IAMSOUND Records February 2011. The band have toured extensively all over the world, played Coachella 2011 and have supported both Peaches and Gossip, and most recently, CSS through a full US tour. MEN are currently in the studio recording their second full length record. Their first record, "Talk About Body" was released in February through IAMSOUND Records, a subsidiary of Sony Records, and in the UK through Sony proper.

http://www.menmakemusic.com/

Lauren Flax

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Lauren Flax is a DJ, songwriter and producer from Detroit, MI. Now residing in Brooklyn, NYC, Lauren currently is a member of the Brooklyn based band CREEP with Lauren Dillard and is the Fischerspooner tour DJ. DJs Are Not Rockstars an indie dance label run by Mark Davenport and Alexander Technique released her first single "You've Changed" featuring vocals by Sia of Zero7 fame. In 2010, Sia re-recorded "You've Changed" and released it as her first single from the album, "We Are Born."

http://www.officialcreep.com

The Black Opera

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The Black Opera has been created with the purpose of uniting opposing worlds and making perfect harmony through multi-genre artistic expressions. With members located in Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, New York, Los Angeles, & Paris, WE don’t claim just one place; WE take THE WORLD.

The Black Opera is a collective of Artistic Freedom Fighters, who openly & fluently express Creation through Music, Visual Art and Parables of Truth. WE are The Black Opera, a cast of characters narrating OUR perception of Timeless issues and Universal subjects that connect The Past, Present and Future. Black is not a Cultural Reference, but rather Social; WE are a counter cultural movement, with concepts of QUALITY, LONGEVITY, INNOVATION and TALENT as OUR driving forces.

http://www.theblackopera.com

Waajeed

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DJ, producer, composer, and arranger Waajeed was mentored by late Slum Village rapper and producer James Yancey, better known to the world as J Dilla. He has produced for Elzhi and Dwele, and contributing heavily to Slum Village’s Trinity album in wake of Yancey’s departure from the group. In 2001, he established his own imprint, the Bling47 Group, while a quest for Drum Crazy break LP distribution in Detroit led to a recording deal with Ubiquity Records and the formation of the Platinum Pied Pipers (PPP) with Darnell “Saadiq” Bolden.The forthcoming PPP3 album and projects with “Mad” Mike Banks, Karizma, Ana Tijoux, and Invincible are certain to keep the still-emerging producer grounded and on the right path, no matter how much the business of music and its frustrations occasionally threaten to expose rugged, Hockeytown roots.

http://bling47.com

Emily Wells

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Emily Wells is a performer, producer, singer and composer known for her varied use of classical and modern instrumentation as well as her deft approach to live sampling at shows. Classically trained as a violinist, she also plays drums, keys, beat machines and whatever else she can fit in her road case.It was in a humble garage studio in Los Angeles that Wells' recorded her 2008 breakthrough, The Symphonies: Dreams Memories & Parties, picking up praise from sources as varied as NPR and SPIN, who compared her to "a feral, streetwise Nina Simone." 2012 will find Wells touring behind Mama, her first release for Partisan Records, and preparing for the release of Pillowfight, her long whispered-about collaboration with legendary producer Dan The Automator.

http://www.emilywellsmusic.com/