The American Museum Membership Conference is a wholly volunteer led forum. Organized by a closely connected network of dedicated membership directors across the nation, the conference is a collaboration of staff from large to small museums who value the premise of a conference entirely dedicated to discovery and review of best practices in member service and fundraising. The conference is held every 18 months in a city in the U.S. chosen to present visiting opportunities within museums that represent the best in museum exhibitions and traditions of excellence in membership fundraising.
An advisory committee for the conference was formed in 2008 from among the conference host museum cities to more formally guide standards of excellence in solidifying the conference’s quality of seminars and speakers and also to stabilize its future. In 2009, the conference expanded its mission from solely art museums as a focus to include science, history, and culture museums. In 2010 the conference officially changed its name to the American Museum Membership Conference to reflect the broader scope of museum participation. In 2011 the advisory committee was transitioned into the AMMC Board as we incorporated as a nonprofit to oversee conference operations. The conference in Detroit in September 2020 will mark the 36th time this group has met together.
Each conference draws more than 350 attendees from nearly 250 organizations. Speakers are drawn from museum membership and fundraising staff as well as fundraising agencies and counsel from across the nation. Keynote speakers have ranged from major fundraising authors to museum directors.