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.

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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 Vanessa Miller
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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.

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  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.

AMC2012 Reflections: Detroit Future Youth at the AMC

Aug 30, 2012

Detroit Future Youth (DFY) was one of the loudest and proudest delegations at this year’s Allied Media Conference. DFY is a network of 12 Detroit youth organizations who are fusing social justice organizing with creativity and digital media production.

DFY rolled deep, bringing nearly 100 youth participants to the AMC. About 35% of AMC participants this year were from the city of Detroit and 45% were youth.

Shane Bernardo brought youth to the AMC from DFY-affiliates the Detroit Asian Youth Project and Youth Farm Stand. In a reflection following the conference Shane wrote, "We all concur that this year's AMC was the best out of all the ones we attending in the past. I don't think any of us were really ready for what we collectively and individually experienced. In addition to making some really great friends, we all picked up some great info on how media is being used as an organizing, community building and healing tool in other parts of the country. Overall, it was a really great experience."

On Thursday evening of the AMC, Detroit Future Youth hosted, along with other DF programs (Detroit Future Media and Detroit Future Schools) a welcome-to-Detroit event for AMC participants at the Furniture Factory. The event featured performances, a media showcase, and we made an awesome animated music video.

Bright and early the next morning, DFY released their Curriculum Mixtape in one of the first sessions of the conference. They described the session as "a soft launch" of a living curriculum compilation (aka "mixtape") that DFY partners are mixing together to highlight the beautiful and inspiring work taking place in pockets throughout the city. The session was alive with activity. A packed room of young people, educators and advocates came through to reflect and listen. Check out the live tweets on their AMPtalk session page.

Check out this short clip from the workshop:

DFY Network participant Dakari Carter described the importance of mixtape, "There are a lot of organizations at the AMC who could benefit from our mixtape. While sustaining the future of DFY they can help their organization. Plus they get to see what youth in Detroit are up to, what we're doing."

DFY Network participant Tulani added, "The mixtape is a way to get inspiration for those who haven't joined organizations or started something. They can take inspiration from us."

You can check out the DFY Curriculum Mixtape Trailer here and purchase the curriculum here.