The 2018 ACM-NE Conference and Trade Show is taking place this year at Proctors in Schenectady, NY from October 11th – 12th.
CONFERENCE REGISTRATION ONLINE HERE!
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SPECIAL FULL REGISTRATION PERKS
5:00 – 7:00pm: THURSDAY PARTY AT MEXICAN RADIO: Included in your full registration is access to a super-fun party at the glorious Mexican Radio restaurant! You will get to enjoy delicious heavy appetizers and one drink on us per person (with the drink ticket). What a hookup!
8:00pm: A FREE THEATER EVENT! You will get one free ticket to the Found Footage Festival: Cherished Gems.
Found Footage Festival hosts Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (Late Show with David Letterman) take audiences on a guided tour of their all-time favorite VHS finds. From the curiously-produced industrial training video to the forsaken home movie donated to Goodwill, the Found Footage Festival resurrects these forgotten treasures and serves them up in a lively celebration of all things found. Contains adult content!
While the ACM-NE Conference Planning Committee is working hard to solidify our workshops, keynote speakers, etc, take a sneak peak at what we have confirmed:
- Building a Youth Media Program as a Community Builder & Revenue Stream: 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. Presenters: Heather McCormack, Somerville Media Center, Prince, Proctors
- Fostering Local Journalism Programs and News Productions on a Shoestring: How can we help bolster local journalism in our cities and towns? What actions are community media and grassroots news organizations taking to work with local journalists to develop their own journalistic efforts? Join us for a lively discussion of what community-based news organizations are doing to address news deserts, best practices, funding models, reductions in local news, underrepresented communities and to help alleviate the crisis in local journalism all while maintaining the reality of funding being a major concern and driving factor for success. Presenters: Chris Faraone from Boston Institute for Nonprofit Journalism & LMCTV
- The Power of the Crowdsourced Media: Creating Engaging Opportunities for Collaborations Come to this workshop to gain a better sense of how your community media center can expand their community engagement through Crowdsourced Media Projects. In 2015, Provincetown Community Television began #ptown24 a crowdsourced media project with the goal of documentary a 24-hour period in a small town at Lands End. The project is almost exclusively user generated with PTV staff posting some seed images and video throughout the day. They have a growing group of loyal followers and think the project can be replicated in almost anywhere in the world. We will also hear from Easton Community Access TV about their innovative and fast-paced 100-second film festival. The 100-Second Film Festival is a very simple project: to create, watch and share films that are 100 seconds or less in length. Since 2005 the project has been replicated in a number of communities and has fostered participation from local and international filmmakers alike. Presenters: Amy Davies, Provincetown Community TV & Jason Daniels, Easton Community Access TV. Presenters: Amy Davies, Provincetown Community TV & Jason Daniels, Easton Community Access TV.
- Metadata and the Future of Video in an Online World: As video delivery shifts from television transmission to an online world, what changes do you need to make to keep current? In this workshop, we’ll discuss the importance of metadata and keywords to enhance discoverability online, demonstrate how to increase the online usability of your program archives, and show how you can use YouTube and the Internet Archive to increase the impact of your work and reach new audiences. Presenters: John Hauser, James Jones or Kayla Creamer
- Creative Fundraising: How to Research and Write a Grant: Fundraising has become increasingly competitive and funding sources can be difficult to find (and maintain). This session provides useful tools for the novice grant writer to use in your organization. We’ll learn the elements of successful grant seeking and grant writing in this session. We’ll talk about the importance of grant readiness and lifecycles; understanding where and how to find grant prospect that are appropriate to your organization; the elements of successful proposals; and the cultivation and maintenance of funders. Presenter: Ellen Gugel, Grant Professional
- The Cord Cutting Age: Redefining Membership & Diversifying Non-Cable Revenues: This workshop would examine the unique ways that media centers are handling memberships to insure funding streams for the cord cutting age. (Matt Sullivan, LMCTV). NewTV uses anotheragepoductions.com to raise revenue with its professional production services, Isaac – a cloud based asset management tool product for community media stations, and event and screening room rentals to round out its revenue sources. Come to learn, be inspired and share your own creative ways to prepare for strengthening your community media centers. Presenters: Matt Sullivan, LMCTV and Bob Kelly, NewTV
- Community Media Reality Check: State Public Policy & Local Survival Strategies Discussion Panel with Q&A: This workshop will show the reality of the cord cutting phenomena and how it is impacting franchise fee revenues. We will explore state Public Policy Strategies and alternatives to funding your operation when franchise fees wane or disappear. For government or independent operation we will discuss alternative funding schemes including monetized internet distribution as a way to keep local content on the air independent of the cable box product. Presentations and Q&A interaction with the attendees. Presenters: Tony Arrien (NY), Matt Sullivan (NY), Zebulon Schmidt (NY), Melinda Garfield (MA), Tammie Riley (VT)
- Legislative Updates: Closed Captioning, ADA Requirements and More: The workshop will discuss the closed captioning and registration requirement of the FCC, the requirements of the Americans for Disability Act for making certain PEG programming accessible and the activities of the U.S. Department of Justice in enforcing the ADA, the status of FCC rulemaking proceedings affecting local governments and PEG, and initiatives in Congress that affect local governments and PEG. The presenters will give their views on the likelihood of initiatives being implemented or enacted and their likely effect on PEG. Presenters: Jim Horwood, Gerry Lederer, Mike Wassenaar (must be afternoon workshop)
- DIY Technology for Small Stations: “Chief, Cook & Bottle Washer” – Learn low budget techniques from small operations where extra paid staffing is not available. Find out what a low budget Maine station is doing to produce content with one camera operator, editor and producer. Streamlining production using templates and Yankee ingenuity. Presenter: JP Fortier—Together with
“The Single-Camera Shoot” – A 30-minute workshop on one-camera shooting to enable editing so as to hide the fact it was a one-camera shoot. Presenter: Peter Pijoan.
- Creating Compelling iPhone (Smartphone) Videos on a Shoestring Budget: Learn how to master the tools of mobile production through different applications and add-ons for your handheld device! Mobile devices have created a space for people to create content and share it instantly with others. Some users may even consider themselves citizen journalists. The importance of having instant access to information and sharing this with others is a way to connect and build community. Through the use of mobile storytelling, journalists, activists and media makers can now expand beyond their story with the ability to show their neighbors–locally and globally – the action as it happens. You can get live shots without attracting attention, and you can get inside settings that are cramped or crowded. This workshop will show you how to pre-produce, produce and edit your movie, all using your smartphone. Presenters: Amy Davies
**The full workshop schedule is coming soon!**
Important to Note: Hampton Inn is 1 door down from Proctors and we have most holds over the 3 days. Double Tree is 2 small blocks away and we have room holds only for 10/11. So if you are staying more than one night, you should book with Hampton Inn (call 518-377-4500 for the discounted rate) and if only one night then Double Tree.
Hotel Rate is as follows for these days:
- $149 on 10/10 and 10/11
- $199 on 10/12
Wednesday, October 10th
Wednesday evening: Welcome
Thursday, October 11th
Trade Show and Workshops
Friday, October 12th
Workshops and special presentations
The full workshop schedule and list of vendors to come soon!
About Proctors & Schenectady
Are you curious what the beautiful historical Proctors Theatre looks like? Keep reading! Schenectady has long been known as the city that lights and hauls the world, but it also holds an auspicious place in television history. Beginning with test broadcasts in 1928, W2XB, located three miles from Proctors, was one of the first experimental television stations in the world. Later, as WRGB, it had one of the few pre-WW2 commercial licenses, and is still the CBS affiliate located in Schenectady today. On May 22, 1930, Proctors hosted the first public demonstration of television when—under the direction of General Electric broadcast pioneer Ernst Alexanderson—a pit orchestra played to the image of a conductor sent from the nearby GE Realty plot. Schenectady’s City Hall is within view of Proctors. The state capital, Albany, is 15 miles straight down State Street/Central Ave, putting Open Stage Media in the political cross-hairs of those making decisions that directly affect public programming. Schenectady doesn’t just light and haul the world—Schenectady educates it, entertains it and eagle-eyes, it too.
ACMNE Trade Show & Vendor Information: Showcase your business at the conference!
Why Pay More? Rates Increase in September!
The unofficial end of summer is coming soo. At that time rates to take part in the 2018 Alliance for Community Media–Northeast Region (ACM-NE) Trade Show will increase.
Reach dozens of community media professionals from New England and the State of New York by becoming an exhibitor and/or sponsor.
This year’s Trade Show, Conference, and Video Festival will take place October 11-13 at Proctors Theatre in Schenectady, NY.
Join the following companies who have already committed to attend:
- Comrex- Platinum Sponsor
- Cablecast Community Media by Tightrope Media Systems- Gold Sponsor
- CASTUS- Gold Sponsor
- TelVue- Gold Sponsor
- Tape Services, Inc.
- Unique Media Systems
- B&H Photo Video
- JVC Kenwood
- Municipal Captioning, Inc.
The Trade Show will be held on the first day of the conference only— Thursday, October 11, from 9:00am to 4:00pm.
We have a multitude of sponsorship and other options for your organization at our Trade Show. Get the full details at the link below, which will also allow you to register online:
Here are some of the highlights of what is available to exhibitors and sponsors:
- Exhibitor spaces: $600/each
- Sponsorship Opportunities
- Platinum Sponsor: $5,000
- Video Festival Sponsor: $3,000
- Gold Sponsor: $2,000
There are also opportunities to purchase ads in our conference and video festival programs. Rates will rise on August 31, so do not wait to register.
All registrations MUST be done online. We will have more details as they become available.
Please contact Keith Thibault if you have any questions.
Thank you for your support of the ACM-NE and we look forward to seeing you in Schenectady. Thank you for your support of the ACM-NE and we look forward to seeing you in Schenectady!
Saturday, October 13th
@ GE Theater (Inside Proctors)
Full details coming soon!
Please stay tuned for the full information on Video Festival (and its new Name), time, winners and more!