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2020 Annual Conference cancellation notice

Because of the health conditions and concerns surrounding the COVID-19 outbreak, the Alliance for Community Media is cancelling our 2020 Annual Conference which was set to take place in Chicago, IL June 30 – July 2.  This is a disappointing announcement for our organization and our members across the country as the Annual Conference is a celebration of the best of the work that happens in community media, and a unique fellowship opportunity for people who work in our field.

It is necessary and not a decision we took lightly. We look forward to returning to Chicago at a later date.

As an alternative, ACM is happy to announce the roll out of a workshop series which we are confident conference attendees will find useful in their work in community media. We will kick off the series in June and July, registration will be open soon.

Making the Case - How to Write the Essential Building Block for Fundraising Appeals (two parts)

Re-visioning Community Media Centers- Building Relevance and Sustainability (three parts)

Advocacy in the Age of Covid 

In addition, ACM is excited to provide a platform for our partner organizations who will be presenting demonstrations of their products and solutions for channels and organizations.  Look for these presentations twice per month through the end of 2020.

We want to give special acknowledgement to our sponsors who are instrumental each year in helping ACM provide a solid, successful conference each year. 

We look forward to connecting virtually in a couple of weeks.


workshop series & Rates

Full Workshop Series:  Member $375 Non-Member: $500


Making the Case - How to Write the Essential Building Block for Fundraising Appeals (two parts):
Parts 1 & 2,  June 24 & July 1, 3:00-4:30 pm ET  with Tony Spearman-Leach 
Case Statements are a fundamental part of fundraising of all types.  They are also integral to your Board and your staff understanding the “Why,” “The Need,” and “How” you contribute to the communities your organization serves.   They say what are your outcomes and impact and what you hope to do with the gift you are asking for – whether it’s an individual gift or a grant.    
In this practical workshop, we will explore why case statements are necessary AND useful and what the elements of the best ones are.  We’ll give advice on writing the case statement for your own proposals, and we will provide feedback on your work.   At the end of the two-part workshop, participants will have draft case statements they can adapt and use in both staff and board training and in the fundraising work in their communities.

Facilitator:   Tony Spearman-Leach, Make-A-Wish Mid-Atlantic; Mike Wassenaar, ACM
Part One (90 minutes):   June 24 3:00 pm ET
Part Two (90 minutes):  July 1  3:00 pm ET
(Note:  Attendees must attend Part One to participate in Part Two)

Re-visioning Community Media Centers- Building Relevance and Sustainability (three parts): 

Part 1 July 7, 3-4 pm ET; Parts 2&3  July 14, 3-630 pm ET with Sue Buske, et al.
Community Media Centers must operate at the convergence of technological change and local communication needs in order to stay relevant and financially sustainable.  We’ll examine what it takes to create a road map for the future.  In part one of this three-part seminar you learn about a planning process designed specifically for CMC’s that can help build relevance for a community media center, raise community awareness for the organization, examine board and governance changes that maybe needed, and build long term financial stability.   Part two and three will focus on financial sustainability while staying true to the organizations’ mission and dealing with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on funding.  We will explore six different categories of non-cable funding that have been successfully implemented in a variety of different size community as well as the similarities and differences between small, medium, and large and rural, urban, and suburban.

Facilitator:  Sue Buske, The Buske Group; Rory O’Farrell, Tahoe Truckee Media; Cor Trowbridge, Brattleboro Community Television; Stacy Higa, Na Leo TV;  Bobby Chastain, Silicon Valley Community Media; Chad Johnston, CreaTV; Susan Fleishmann, Cambridge Community TV.

Advocacy in the Age of Covid-19:

July 16, 3-430pm ET with Gerry Lederer
This workshop will provide insights into the need to communicate the importance of, and the challenges facing community media.  We will focus on best practices in traditional and virtual advocacy, and come to understand that they are not all that different.  We'll practice techniques and give participants the tools they need to advocate for their cause.  Appropriate for staff, Board members, volunteers and donors who wish to advocate for your organization.

Facilitator:  Gerry Lederer, Best, Best & Krieger 

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