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2021 WAVE Awards – Call for Entries!

Our wonderful region of professionals, community producers and students have 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), including two new categories related to COVID-19 coverage and technical achievement. Check out the full list of categories and submit your entries at:

Any program aired on an access channel in the ACM West Region (AZ, CA, CO, HI, NV, NM) between August 1, 2019 and July 31, 2020, may be eligible.

The early bird deadline is coming up soon on Friday, October 9, 2020. Enter today to save on your submission fees!

Stay tuned in the months ahead for more information on the 2021 WAVE Awards Ceremony where all the winners will be announced.

ACM statement on social and racial justice

The Alliance for Community Media (ACM) has a long history of organizing to empower individuals, organizations, and communities to address significant issues in the pursuit of justice, liberty, and equity. The ACM’s mission and values are based on the Constitution and the Bill of Rights and in particular the First Amendment.

The Alliance for Community Media’s vision is that all communities have the resources, ability and right to express themselves, create community dialogue and engage in civic life through local media. Our guiding principles are to promote free speech, expand civic engagement through local media, and ensure the people can seek redress of their grievances.
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What does the ACM do?

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.