The 2018 AFJ Annual Conference: Save Money + Experience the MIM!

 A jazz organ at the Musical Instrument Museum, just one of the highlights in this collection of global instruments. Photo courtesy Musical Instrument Museum. 

A jazz organ at the Musical Instrument Museum, just one of the highlights in this collection of global instruments. Photo courtesy Musical Instrument Museum. 

The 2018 AFJ annual conference is packed with sessions designed to challenge and inspire you, including our Friday morning plenary featuring Eric Newton, Innovation Chief at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Newton's session will detail how modern-day journalism tools were predicted in pop culture and science fiction. He'll address how the past impacts the future and where things go from here. Check out the full conference agenda and list of speakers at afjonline.com.

EXPERIENCE THE MUSICAL INSTRUMENT MUSEUM (THE MIM) AND LOCAL FLAVOR AT CAFÉ ALLEGRO

 House-made mesquite meal and Supai red corn quesadillas, a feature at Café Allegro's 2017 Eat Local Challenge. Photo courtesy Café Allegro. 

House-made mesquite meal and Supai red corn quesadillas, a feature at Café Allegro's 2017 Eat Local Challenge. Photo courtesy Café Allegro. 

The night before we get things rolling, join us for an opening reception like you’ve never experienced before at AFJ. If you’ve attended past conferences, you know that Tuesdayevening before the conference is usually low key, with perhaps a bar meet-up at the host hotel. 

Not so this year. The incredible Musical Instrument Museum (the MIM) will open its doors for a private reception for AFJ conference attendees. The AFJ Board will welcome you to one of the top attractions in Phoenix, rated one of the top 25 museums in the country by TripAdvisor. 

The MIM opened in Phoenix in 2010, founded by Robert J. Ulrich, chairman emeritus of Target Corp. Inspired by the Musical Instrument Museum in Belgium, Ulrich created the Phoenix MIM to, unlike other musical museums, showcase a vast collection of instruments from every country across the globe. There is no other museum in America like the MIM.

Café Allegro, the signature eatery inside the MIM, is operated by Bon Appétit Management Co., an innovative California-based food services company known for turning the traditional corporate contract food services business model upside down. The café’s menu focus is local: Arizona produce and proteins. The photo here highlights a dish from their 2017 Eat Local Challenge, featuring house-made mesquite meal and Supai red corn quesadillas. At the Tuesday evening reception, you'll enjoy a variety of small bites from the café, paired with local Arizona wines, within the confines of one of the most interesting museums in the U.S.

The conference is open to the public. Not a member? Like saving money? Ready to save on your membership AND registration fees? 

Join AFJ as a member now! Folks who join AFJ as new members ($100) and register as an AFJ member ($375) by the June 1 deadline can save $50. Registration rates this year are based on the following tiered pricing structure:

  • May 3 - June 1 - $375 for members; $425 for non-members
  • June 2 - July 13 - $400 for members; $450 for non-members
  • July 14 - Sept. 1 - $475 for members; $525 for non-members

Don't wait. Join AFJ as a member today and join us in Phoenix this September.

AFJ would like to thank our generous sponsors Arizona Vignerons Alliance and Bon Appétit Management Company and Visit Phoenix for making this evening possible.