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Weekly News from the President- Time to Plan for Spring?

Since it’s Groundhog’s Day – and it’s cloudy here in Washington DC – the optimist in me thought it would be good to help you plan for some events coming up this Spring! Remember spring?

ACM has been proud to partner the last five years with Americans for the Arts to help tell our story in Washington DC. Americans for the Arts is the leading national non-partisan advocacy group for Arts issues across the U.S. Every year, American for the Arts gathers in Washington DC to promote an arts agenda in Congress. This year, Arts Advocacy Day will be taking place on March 24, and ACM is asking members to consider being a part of our advocacy work by joining in Washington.

Arts Advocacy Day training will take place on Monday, March 23 and advocacy work in Congress will be on Tuesday, March 24. If you have never walked the halls of Congress advocating on behalf of your organization and PEG community media, this is a great way to learn about citizen advocacy, and to start promoting community media to policy makers from your state. ACM Board members and volunteers are planning to come to DC to educate Congress about PEG community media. Will you join us?

The deadline to register for Arts Advocacy Day is March 9, but there is a discounted Early Bird Rate available between now and February 5. You can register here:

http://www.americansforthearts.org/events/arts-advocacy-day/register

And I hope to see you in Washington this spring!

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I’ll be speaking at a number of ACM and other PEG regional events in March, and am looking forward to meeting with members in a number of states.

If you don’t have it on your calendar, think about joining ACM and NATOA at the Central States Regional Event in Lansing MI, March 11-13. You can find out more about the Lansing event here: http://csregionacm.org/conferences.php

If you’re in the Northwest, the NW Region is hosting a multimedia summit on March 27-28 in Tukwila WA (just outside of Seattle).  Find out more here:  http://acmnwr.org/

And I’ll be speaking at the SouthEast NATOA regional event in Savannah GA, which takes place March 30-31. This looks like a great gathering, and will features talks by FCC Commissioner Mignon Clyburn and Former FCC Commissioner Michael Copps (now with ACM partner Common Cause).  You can register here:  http://seatoa.org/conference2015.html

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Want to spend ten minutes and benefit your PEG organization and others?  Longtime ACM member and volunteer Nancy Richard in Plymouth, MA is conducting her annual survey salary.  It’s an attempt to help gauge compensation levels in community media centers across the United States, and can be a useful tool as you and your organization are making human resource decisions in the future.   To participate – and take advantage of the survey – there are a few simple rules.

  1. If you want to get the results, you have to fill out the survey – only participants can have them.
  2. Don’t share the results with anyone other than your Board or your auditor
  3. The results are not specific to individual centers but are listed by a general location that will not identify the centers
  4. The deadline for inclusion in this survey is March 15, 2015. The results will be announced to the participants by email by March 20, 2015.
  5. The 2015 survey link is:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?usp=drive_web&formkey=dDllaFVXNE4wTGc2akpPM2pPYkNhcHc6MA#gid=0

Please take a few minutes and fill out the survey and take advantage of the benefits!