CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: New in-person dates for Unrig Spotlight 2021 coming soon.

Unrig Summit is now American Democracy Summit

We are hard at working planning the next in-person American Democracy Summit. For the latest information, please sign up for updates.

The American Democracy Summit will strictly implement safety protocols that go beyond the minimums established by the CDC. We will likely require mask wearing and social distancing and strongly encourage vaccinations. In the event that things change, we’ll respond accordingly!

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

About The American Democracy Summit

Formerly the Unrig Summit, the American Democracy Summit is the premier right-left event to solve America’s political crisis. It’s the brightest minds from across the political spectrum working together to reform our broken system.

With inspiring speakers and trainers, world-class live entertainment, current and former Members of Congress, cultural influencers, activists, educators, academics, and attendees from all 50 states, American Democracy Summit is a one-of-a-kind opportunity to connect directly with the most engaged and invested members of the American democracy movement.

Whether you’re looking to build your skills as an activist, learn more about policy solutions, or to connect with others from across the United States who are ready and working to unrig the system, ADS has something for everyone looking to get involved and fight for change.

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected].

Right now, American democracy faces multiple threats. State lawmakers from across the country have adopted policies that would suppress election participation. Partisan actors are being installed as election administrators to subvert the will of voters. And politicians are incentivized to care more about their political party and big-money campaign donors than those who elected them. 

The good news is we can solve America’s political crisis. At ADS, organizers, activists, politicians, and everyday people from across the political spectrum gather to connect with peers, build their skills, and learn the issues… so we can win.

Since the inaugural Unrig Summit in 2018, participants have gone on to lead the largest wave of democracy reform victories in American history, including spearheading anti-gerrymandering initiatives in four states (MI, UT, CO, MO); winning ethics, transparency, and campaign finance reforms in cities and states across the country; and restoring the vote to 1.4 million citizens in Florida.

ADS Live! (previously Unrigged Live!) is the premier event of the Summit experience – a high-production evening of live music, celebrity entertainment, stand-up comedy, and inspiring speakers to celebrate our movement’s victories and energize us for the future.  

Previous presenters and speakers include: Jennifer Lawrence, Ed Helms, UN Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Kate Gilmore, Professor and former White House Ethics Lawyer Richard Painter, Florida voting rights advocate Desmond Meade, NASA astronaut Ron Garan, Former State Senator and Our Revolution President Nina Turner, comedians Sasheer Zamata, Tig Notaro, Nikki Glaser, and Adam Yenser, and musical guests Taylor Goldsmith, Katie Pruitt, Courtney Marie Andrews, The New Respects, HoneyHoney, and the legendary Preservation All Stars. 

During the program, we also present The Courage Awards, recognizing the individuals who put it all on the line to fight for democracy.

Program Logistics

Programming begins Friday, May 21st and ends on Sunday, May 23rd, 2021. Key programming is planned for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, so please plan to attend all three days!

Unrig Spotlight will be held at the New World Center in Miami Beach, Florida: a Frank Gehry-designed facility featuring a variety of flexible spaces, cutting edge production technology, abundant natural light, and views of the Miami Beach Art Deco skyline. Unrigged Live! and mainstage programming will take place in the New World Center’s performance hall: a multimedia enabled and highly configurable space which has attracted international recognition for its acoustics and technical capabilities.

Our venue, the New World Center, is proud to strictly comply with all American with Disabilities Act (ADA) regulations. For more information, refer to the NWC’s accessibility information available here.

Please note that some services, such as wheelchairs and assistive listening devices, must be reserved with at least two weeks notice in order to insure availability of equipment and staffing.

All attendees are asked to review and abide by the Unrig Spotlight Code of Conduct while at Unrig.

Volunteer Opportunities

We need lots of volunteers! It will be a fantastic chance to be at the epicenter of the anti-corruption movement as well as explore Miami Beach.

To learn more and sign up, check out this page:

We will provide you with a full three-day pass entirely COST FREE! That’s a $360 value at full price, and it includes Unrigged Live! – our showcase Friday night entertainment event.

Coffee, tea, and water will be provided to all attendees during Unrig. Please note, we are not able to cover volunteer lodging, transportation, or meals.

To receive the full three-day pass, you must commit to at least one full volunteer shift (approx. 8 hours).

To learn more and sign up, check out this page:

There are tons of ways to help out, and we want you to take on a role that you’re excited about and comfortable with. Some volunteer roles include:

  • Event logistics support (e.g. registration, info desk, wayfinding).
  • Room management (e.g. ushering, Q&A help, setup & breakdown).
  • Collecting social media content (e.g. photos, quotes, videos).
  • Customer service and information.
  • and more!

To learn more and sign up, check out this page:


Users must answer all of the required questions when registering before the “Place Order” button will light up. Unfortunately, the red asterisk which denotes the question is required is small and difficult to see. Please ensure that you’ve answered all the questions, and if you continue to have difficulties, let us know at [email protected] and we will connect you with an Eventbrite representative.

Unrig Spotlight welcomes individuals of all ages. Those under the age of 13 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian at all times. Those aged 13 – 17 who are not accompanied by an adult must complete Parent/Legal Guardian Permission & Release Form and send it to [email protected].

Registration is currently closed. Please check back for updates.

Registrations are fully refundable up until two weeks before the event date and may be requested through the Eventbrite registration page. We will respond to all refund requests within 5 business days.

If you have any issues requesting a refund, please reach out to us at [email protected].