Annual Conference – Registration

Registration is now open! As a reminder:

Registration rates increase on June 15th! Register well in advance to ensure the early bird rate.

Community and Affiliate Members do not receive the member benefit of the discounted rate to conferences and should use the Non-Member option.

ACM Membership Status – It’s recommended you check to make sure your ACM membership is current and paid in full. View the ACM Membership List before you select your registration options.

Conference Registration Forms

There are a few ways to register for the ACM Conference. Please read these options thoroughly:


MEMBER REGISTRATION PDF – Download the member fillable registration form here.

NON MEMBER REGISTRATION PDF – Download the non-member fillable registration form here.

Special Registrations:

Speakers – Confirmed speakers will be sent a separate online registration form. Please be on the lookout for that email. Please be on the lookout for that email if you are a confirmed speaker.

Students – Please contact Angie from the ACM staff at to inquire on how to register.

Conference Registration Rates

Full Conference (Access to all sessions and exhibit hall on all conference days, and includes one Hometown Media Awards Celebration ticket. Does not include In-Depth Workshops)
Member: $375 (early bird) / $425 (after June 15)
Non-Member: $500 (early bird) / $550 (after June 15)
Speakers: $250
Students: $125 (with meals, does not include Hometown Media Awards Celebration Ticket) / $50 (with no meals or any special events. Only education session and exhibit hall)

Single Day (Access to single day of conference and exhibit hall on one day only. Excludes In-Depth Workshops and Hometown Media Awards Celebration)
*Wed. $100 | Thurs. or Fri $175
*Wed. $150 | Thurs. or Fri. $200
Speaker (day of speaking):

*Wednesday price discounted as fewer education sessions are available

Exhibit Hall Only (Meals not included)
Members: $50
Non-Members: $100

Hometown Media Awards Celebration Ticket Only

Additional Events and Activities

In-Depth Workshops (In-Depth Workshops are offered on Wednesday, July 11 and have an additional rate for ALL conference registration types)

Rates listed are per session (can select an AM Session and a PM Session):
Session as Member: $40 (early bird) / $60 (after June 15)
Session as Non-Member: $50 (early bird) / $70 (after June 15)

Morning Sessions (9:00 – 11:30 am)
Beginning Fundraising: What You Need to Get Started This year’s ACM Conference concentrates on different aspects of fundraising and resource development so our organizations can become more sustainable long-term. But where do you begin? What are the tools and essentials you need to know as you begin building fundraising into the DNA of your organization? At the workshop, we’ll look at the tools, systems and basics you’ll need to grow your practice.

Making History:  How History Projects Can Make a Difference in CommunityCommunity media centers have an enormous potential to make a difference in local communities by capturing and preserving local history.  How can a documentary or oral history project be a catalyst for community change and deeper partnerships with your center and other groups?  We’ll look at one case study in Maryland that provides important lessons.  We’ll go over digital storytelling and documentary preservation techniques to help a history program be successful in your community and increase your impact.

Afternoon Sessions (12:30 – 3:00 pm)

Giving Now and Later:  How to Build an Annual Giving Program that Leads to Planned GiftsAnnual gifts and planned gifts are two essential types of donations that can sustain organizations.  At this workshop, we’ll talk about the essentials you need to build annual giving.   We’ll also discuss how an annual giving program can lead to bequests and planned gifts from people who love the work of your organization.

Program Design and Fundraising Models for Youth Media – How do you build and sustain a youth media program in your community? We’ll look at different models for programs that work with youth to create media and invest in their future and talk about factors that funders are looking for in successful youth programs. At the end of the workshop, you’ll be able to begin or expand youth media work at your center.

ACM Day on the Hill
Wednesday, July 11 | FREE
Full Day Off-Site Event in Washington DC

In this full day off-site activity, attendees will make congressional visits on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC to press the case for support for PEG community media.

We will leave Camden Yards at 8:00 am by train to get to Washington, DC. We will attend meetings with House and Senate offices. Attendees will return to the conference site around 5:30 pm.

Attendees must register by June 22 deadline for ACM to make appointments with House and Senate offices. Please note you cannot select both In-Depth Workshop sessions and the ACM Day on the Hill event, as both run at the same time.


Orioles Vs. Yankees Baseball Game
Tuesday, July 10 | 7:05 pm | $41
ACM is organizing a fun social event at an Orioles Vs. Yankees baseball game. Our conference hotel is just across the street from the Oriole Park at Camden Yards stadium.

Tickets for this event are available by the designated registration link provided directly from the stadium:

  1. Visit:
  2. Select Game Date: July 10th
  3.  Enter Coupon Code: ACM
  4. Select a quantity of tickets
  5. Create Baltimore Orioles ticket account
  6. Purchase and print your tickets

Cancellation Policy:
Refund requests received by June 1, 2018 will be honored and will incur a $50 processing fee. Refunds between June 2 and June 22, 2018 will incur a $150 processing fee. No refunds will be issued for requests made after June 23, 2018. Refund payments may take up to six weeks from the date of your refund request.

Send Registration Forms and/or Payments to:
Fax: (952) 929-1318
Mail: Alliance for Community Media, Attn: Angie Newgren, 4248 Park Glen Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416