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 Seattle in November 2017 will mark the 34th time this group has met together.
Historically, the conference has drawn attendance from 80-120 museums. In 2014, the conference boasted its highest attendance ever at nearly 250 attendees. 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.