Alberta Magazine Publishers Association
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Calgary, Alberta T2N 3P7
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The Alberta Magazine Publishers Association (AMPA) sustains a healthy and thriving magazine industry by serving the people who publish, create, print and distribute a uniquely Albertan view of the world.
Through a combination of advocacy, promotion and professional assistance, AMPA works to nurture Alberta’s magazine industry and foster its continued development.
Programs and services
AMPA’s job is to make magazine publishing in Alberta easy – or at least easier. We stay ahead of issues influencing Alberta publishers, nurture relationships with all levels of government, and inform and persuade those public officials whose decisions affect our industry. We make sure government ministers are aware of the economic and cultural value of Alberta magazines.
In the past, AMPA has lobbied for reduced postal rates and increased support for the cultural industries.
Alberta Magazine Awards
The Alberta Magazine Awards recognizes, supports and celebrates outstanding magazine content in our province. The annual awards program honours the best in the industry and gives the region’s magazine professionals a chance to commend the work of their colleagues. The opportunity to celebrate achievement within our community both strengthens and inspires us to further excellence. Awards are presented at a gala dinner that kicks off the Alberta Magazines Conference.
Alberta Magazines Conference
Each spring, AMPA hosts three days of targeted sessions and panel discussions featuring industry leaders and innovators. After more than 15 years, the conference has become an Alberta magazine industry institution and an incomparable opportunity for professional growth – both for publishing hopefuls and old hands.
The Alberta Magazines Conference is the largest event of its kind in Western Canada, featuring the Alberta Magazine Awards gala, a keynote luncheon, breakout sessions covering all aspects of magazine publishing (digital media, editorial, circulation, ad sales, design and production) and the opportunity to network with colleagues.
The publishing industry benefits when magazine professionals have the opportunity to upgrade skills and network with colleagues. AMPA complements the professional development events we host by subsidizing bursaries to offset travel and/or tuition costs to other magazine conferences and professional development events.
Bursaries are available to AMPA’s Voting Magazine members and are subject to conditions and funding.
Cultural Industries Guarantee Fund
This unique fund provides guarantees to financial institutions for the development of magazine publishing companies. The fund acts as a partner for small publishers trying to realize their potential, helping them secure strong relationships with financial institutions.
The Alberta Cultural Industries Association (ACIA) created the Cultural Industries Guarantee Fund with funds from the Alberta Foundation for the Arts (AFA) and from the federal government through the Ministry of Canadian Heritage.
Looking for a career in magazine publishing in Alberta? Seeking qualified staff for your publication? AMPA provides current, regularly updated job postings specific to the publishing industry to help the province’s employers and potential employees find each other.
Known as “Pros on the Road”, this program matches AMPA members with expert consultants specializing in a range of subjects. Typically, consultations are custom day-long working sessions that target the publisher’s key challenges and include intensive, one-on-one training. Nearly all magazines who have hired consultants through the program have gained the tools to develop initiatives and reach goals previously considered unattainable.
Consultations are available for advertising, circulation, promotion, editorial content, design, production, financial administration and electronic media.
Find the ideal magazine contributor. Search the Talent Pool database which lists the credits and credentials of magazine creatives to find a freelancer or contract employee who matches your organization’s needs.