2019 WAVE Submissions Now Open

Our wonderful community of producers has worked hard all year and now it's time to see the best of the west recognized! If you have a TV show, film, documentary, event or short-form video you think deserves recognition, please consider submitting to the WAVE Awards!  

There are many categories to choose from and three divisions (Access Professional, Community Producer, and Youth Producer).

There's also some new categories this year: Underserved Voices, Experimental, and Magazine Show. Check out the full list of categories and submit your entries at:

Any program aired on an access channel in the ACM Western States Region between September 1, 2017 and September 1, 2018, may be eligible. 

The early bird deadline is Saturday, September 15. Enter today to save on your submission fees!
Also stay tuned to learn more about the 2019 ACM West Conference, Trade Show, and WAVE Awards Ceremony taking place January 31 - February 1 in Long Beach, California.  You can click here to fill out our conference survey and give us feedback on what kind of workshops you'd like to attend!

2019 Conference and Trade Show

Navigating the New Media Horizon
ACM West Region Conference and Trade Show

January 30 - February 1, 2019
Long Beach California

Save the date! More information coming soon!



In order for democracy to flourish, people must be active participants in their government, educated to think critically and free to express themselves.

Founded in 1976, the Alliance represents over 3,000 Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) access organizations and community media center throughout the country. The ACM works to protect the interests of these access centers and those who use PEG facilities and equipment to advance their causes through cable television and the Internet.



Please explore this website and join us or contact us for more information. We look forward to serving you by promoting civic engagement through community media. Also learn about our many training activities like our annual conference and trade show.

The best part of the ACM is that in addition to learning about issues, you also learn how to address them in your community. Through the ACM West and our national parent organization, you can learn how to help local voices on the most powerful medium. In addition, we support democratization of the media. This means we support radio, internet and many other means of communication integral to an informed world. Learn about creating a local news program on a shoestring.  Explore media literacy and digital inclusion issues, and learn how to address them in your community.

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The Alliance for Community Media West Region supports community media centers throughout 6 western states: Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Nevada and New Mexico.

If you work for a community media center, a PEG access facility, an educational institution, a local government department, or a community organization, you’ll want to become a member.

Learn about the latest equipment/media resources at our annual trade show, plus attend informational workshops, and network with community media professionals and vendors.

2019 Conference Survey

Fll out our 2019 conference survey and give us feedback on what kind of workshops you'd like to attend in Long Beach!

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