The Allied Media Conference (AMC) was a living, breathing network emerging out of over 20 years of relationship-building across issues, identities, organizing practices, and creative mediums. Beginning as the Midwest Zine Conference in 1999, the AMC moved from its home in Bowling Green, OH to Detroit in 2007. This move to Detroit came as the result of increased leadership by women of color and Detroit youth organizers in the conference. From 2007 onwards, the conference increasingly became a home to young, queer, disabled, and BIPOC people from low-income communities who were using media to transform their worlds.  

The AMC’s roots were firmly planted in Detroit’s creative and community organizing ecosystems, drawing upon decades of intergenerational wisdom from the city’s many movement legacies— Black Power, Labor, Environmental Justice, Queer Liberation and more. At the conference, Detroiters taught the rest of the world about how to survive and thrive in the wake of white supremacist economic violence and industrial collapse. AMC participants brought their own wisdom, organizing models, and movement legacies from national and global places like Durham, Albuquerque, Palestine, Jackson, and New York. The local-global identity of the AMC created a uniquely rich environment for place-based knowledge exchange. 

After 20 years of organizing the AMC as an annual convening, the conference took a Year in Chrysalis in 2019 to engage in deep reflection. The AMC returned virtually in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The AMC took many forms throughout the years, continuously adapting to meet our communities’ needs. As part of that transformation, the AMC was officially sunset in 2023. The connections, ideas and resources will live on and continue to shape our future. From the Black liberation movement to design justice to PIC abolition, our collective impact has shaped change across the world. The roots of what we grew and seeded together through the AMC will continue to nourish and liberate communities for generations to come. 

AMC 2022 timeline
After 23 years of transformation and growth, the Allied Media Conference will officially sunset at the end of 2023.

Brief History of the AMC 1999-2022

1999Allied Media Conference founded as the “Midwest Zine Conference” in Bowling Green, Ohio.
2002The conference is renamed the “Allied Media Conference” (AMC) and Allied Media Projects is founded as the umbrella organization that coordinates the AMC.
2007The AMC moves to Detroit.
2008The AMC begins using “Tracks” to organize sessions that focus on a specific theme.
2009The AMC surpasses 1000 attendees.
2012“Practice Spaces” and “Network Gatherings” are introduced as new ways for attendees to engage at the conference.
2015The AMC surpasses 2,500 attendees – our largest attendance number to date. “AMC @ Night,” a five-day music festival during the AMC, showcases local and national musical talent.
2016The tenth anniversary of the AMC moving to Detroit!
2018The AMC celebrates its 20th anniversary!
2019The AMC takes a Year in Chrysalis
2020The AMC returns and goes virtual hosting over 5,000 people online
2022First ever hybrid in-person and virtual AMC
2023After 23 years of transformation and growth, the Allied Media Conference will officially sunset at the end of 2023.

Program Guides

The Allied Media Conference began as the “Midwest Zine Conference” in 1999, with a focus on underground publishing and do-it-yourself media. In 2007 the conference moved from Bowling Green, Ohio to Detroit, Michigan. Check out the program guidebooks from past conferences: