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Action Summit

Thurs, Oct 4 - Fri, Oct 5

@ Auburn Ave Research Library

A3C Action Summit connects Activists, Academics and Artists to Discuss social justice challenges, Learn from community leaders and Develop actionable initiatives

2018 A3C Action Accelerator Finalists

Hip Hop Mentoring Cypher Sessions: A creative wellness program that uses hip hop to engage teens on issues of critical thinking, emotional wellbeing, and social justice

Words Liive: a technology-powered, music-based literacy program that aims to bring ¾ of the student population in the US to grade-level reading by 2040

Cool Moms Dance Too: Fun, multigenerational fitness and dance classes designed to improve the mental and physical health and connectedness of families

Supreme MCs Rule Hip Hop Expression Program: A music education program that uses hip hop as a gateway to self-discovery and positive coping skills

FlexIn FlexOut: Workshops get youth dancing inside detention and foster care facilities, coupled with programming to continue the mentorship once kids get outside

Action Accelerator 

The Action Accelerator aims to find, develop, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture to advance social justice in underserved communities. 
 
The creative community has been the heart and soul of social justice movements throughout history. Creatives have brought the struggle for justice and change to life through the arts, and we are proud to honor and carry on their legacy.

A partnership with the Center for Civic Innovation, a civic venture fund that invests in community-driven ideas.
 
Pitch Night is Friday, Oct 5th at the Action Summit

Finalists will...

  • Travel to Atlanta for the A3C Festival & Conference

  • Receive mentorship & pitch training

  • Network with community leaders

  • Pitch to judges for more than $10,000 in cash

Pitch Competition

Action Finalists

Action Pitch

Conference Tracks

Artist Accelerator

Artists & Managers

Artists connect with music industry innovators and icons to learn tips, trends and tools needed to take their career to the next level.

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Beatstars Summit

Producers & Beatmakers

Music producers network with peers and experiment with the newest hardware, software and technology.

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Labelx 

Record Labels & Music Companies

Record labels and music companies on the forefront of the music industry connect to discuss tech, trends and cultivate growth.

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Music Tech

Startups & Entrepreneurs

Meet innovators and discover disruptive technology impacting how music makers share, create, market and monetize music. 

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Where is the Action Summit?

The Auburn Avenue Research Library is adjacent from A3C’s Conference Center in Atlanta's Sweet Auburn Historic District. It is the first library in the Southeast to offer specialized reference and archival collections dedicated to the study and research of African American culture and history.

Auburn Ave Research Library

2017 Action Finalists

Make Music Count (Atlanta, GA)

The mission of Make Music Count is to increase elementary and secondary students’ mathematical skill development through piano playing and reducing their math anxiety. By incorporating music into each lesson, students become engaged through music while simultaneously learning mathematical concepts.

“I'm most excited to meet and feed off of the energy from the other entrepreneurs at the A3C Action Summit. It's always refreshing to see others fighting the same battles to help out our community.” - Marcus Blackwell, Jr.

Girls Cut Films Too (Atlanta, GA)

Girls Cut Film too is an initiative to train and equip teen girls with the skills needed to be competitive in the film production industry. The program is a Summer Film Institute for Girls that will expose them to various fields within the film industry such as: producer, director, script writer, camera operator and more! 

“I am most excited about this idea that I have had for so long is now closer to becoming reality through A3C Action Summit!” - Ty Woods and Mohua Thakarta

Real Life Poets (Birmingham, AL)

We will implement the Teen Poetry Initiative within a minimum of two of the nineteen Birmingham Public library neighborhood branches and at Real Life Poets community arts hub in the East Lake community.  This allows direct access for middle and high school age youth in Birmingham City Schools, which is 95% African-American. Arts activist and teaching artist training will be facilitated at the Real Life Poets community arts hub which is directly situated in one of Birmingham’s most underserved communities.

“I am excited to meet other organizations and individuals from around the nation using Hip Hop culture to address social justice on all levels of this cultural revolution.” - John Paul Taylor

Breaking The Chains (New York City, NY)

This project would be implemented in New York City at Rikers Island jail. This project will allow for youth within four facilities at Rikers to write around specific themes and be featured in monthly performances during their incarceration. Some of the most genius writers, poets, MCs, etc are incarcerated but lack outlets to express themselves while being refueled and supported by other artists. Creative mentorship and art advocacy not only allows space for expression but is also a springboard to guide young people into other needed discussions and decisions.

"I am excited to network with the other professionals who will be present and are utilizing their creative platforms to improve the conditions of their respective communities and also assist those who have chosen this path. This is an opportunity to learn and also strengthen the national ties to progressively evolve and expand outreach." - Messiah Ramkissoon

Media Rhythm Institute (Baltimore, MD)

The goals and mission of Media Rhythm Institute to encourage, promote entrepreneurial thinking and empower youth to expand their knowledge of the media industry through research and hands-on documentary projects. Our goal is to inspire young people to pursue a career in the media profession and also improve their quality of life by offering encouragement and exposure to positive opportunities. 

"A3C is like a family reunion. This is a new family we're meeting on the community advocate side. We're excited about maximizing our network and scaling MRI up with other change agents." - Deverick Murray

Thanks to our sponsors Mailchimp and ChooseATL!

2016 A3C Action Finalists

We received over 140 applications from more than 25 states.  

Armed Services Arts Partnership - ASAP (Arlington, VA) empowers veterans and their communities with purpose and healing to have a voice in their communities through a stand-up comedy boot camp.

Creative Core (Washington, DC) offers a fellowship program for youth who are in school, have dropped out, or are court-involved to prepare and place them as support staff in creative businesses with a focus in the arts, music, and hip-hop industries.

[People's Choice] Girls Make Beats (Miami Lakes, FL) teaches young girls music production, DJing, and audio engineering through an after school program at a state of the art recording studio. They mentor and nurture girls to have their voice heard, and create future career opportunities for participants.

Notes for Notes (Atlanta, GA) equips, staffs, and runs free recording studios, providing music education and mentorship for youth for 160 members in a censor-free environment.

re:Imagine/ATL (Atlanta, GA) is equipping media’s next generation of storytellers,  working with teens of different backgrounds across Atlanta to collaborate on video and music productions in and out of school.

[Runner Up] Shooting Without Bullets (Cleveland, OH) is a revolutionary youth advocacy and fine arts education program that focuses on identity development in black teens in Cleveland through photovoice, expressive arts healing, and open dialogue.

[Winner] The Village of Arts and Humanities (Philadelphia, PA) offers a paid internship and media-centered makerspace that positions youth as experts on issues impacting them, while providing a platform to process and amplify their narratives, experiences, and voices. 

Thanks to our sponsors Mailchimp and ChooseATL!

2015 Action Finalists

We recieved over 75 applications from more than 15 states

Creative Core (Washington, DC) offers a fellowship program for youth who are in school, have dropped out, or are court-involved to prepare and place them as support staff in creative businesses with a focus in the arts, music, and hip-hop industries.

303 Community Coalition, INC. (Atlanta, GA) Create a short film about gentrification vs. resident upgrading, using narratives from residents containing all five elements of hip-hop.

[Winner] Chop Art (Atlanta, GA) Empower homeless youth through art by providing a two week arts summer camp focused on the holistic immersion of music, theater and dance. 

Media In Neighborhoods Group (Philadelphia, PA) Prisoners, police, prosecutors, judges, at-risk youth create short documentaries about each other to increase humanity and understanding.

ourtime.org (Washington, DC) One of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations committed to increasing the voter participation of young Americans.

Poem Over Pistol Program (Atlanta, GA) The P.O.P Program is a Life Skills Program that teaches Youth how to redirect their negative emotions into a rap, poem, song or short story.

 

Executive

$699 

Current price available while supplies last. 

Access to 2-Day Festival, 3-Day Conference, 5-Days of Shows, Events & Parties + Invite-only events and private spaces.

More information on the Executive pass coming soon!

This pass is for the music industry professional, entrepreneur or artist looking to grow their business or career. Get the most out of your week by networking with other industry leaders at exclusive events and private spaces.

Includes everything in the VIP Upgrade.

Access to a series of private events including: Welcome to ATL Reception, Leadership Brunches, Speaker Meet & Greets, Happy Hours Mixers and more events.

Access to the Executive Suite at the A3C Conference Center. 

Preferred Seating in Ballroom at the A3C Conference Center. 

Welcome to ATL Reception presented by ChooseATL

The Welcome to ATL Reception kicks off the 14th annual A3C with a few hundred tastemakers across Atlanta and the greater hip-hop community.  A3C will honor two individuals with the A3C Cultural Influence Award and A3C Social Impact Award. This is a private event only accessible with an Executive Pass. Open Bar & Buffet Dinner Service. 

 

5-Day 

$296 

(Save $53)

Current price available while supplies last. 

+ $150 for VIP Upgrade

Access to 2-Day Festival, 3-Day Conference and 5-days of Shows, Events & Parties.

This pass is best for the music industry professional, record exec, entrepreneur, artist, producer, creative, hip-hop head and media that want to experience everything.

Includes all benefits of the Festival and Conference passes, plus you’ll have access to all to the official A3C shows and events taking place between Wed, Oct 4 - Sun, Oct 8th.

20% discount passes available for groups of 3 or more.

VIP Upgrade

$150

Current price available while supplies last. 

The VIP Upgrade is an ONLY an add-on for the Festival or 5-Day pass, but does NOT grant access to the A3C Festival.

The VIP Upgrade can't be used with a Conference pass. 

The VIP Upgrade enables access to the A3C Festival's VIP Area which features a pit in front of the main stage and a lounge with a bar, couches, tables and chairs next to the main stage. 

More Information on the VIP Upgrade coming soon.

 

Festival 

$95

(Save $30)

Current price available while supplies last. 

+ $150 for VIP upgrade

Access to 2-Day Festival ONLY

This pass is best for the fans and festival lovers that want to enjoy a 2-Day hip-hop festival at The Georgia Freight Depot on Sat, Oct 6 & Sun, Oct 7 in downtown Atlanta. Join thousands of people from around the world to enjoy hip-hop music, culture, food trucks, live art and more.

20% discount available for groups of 3 or more.

1-Day Festival passes are available soon.

VIP Upgrade

$150

Current price available while supplies last. 

The VIP Upgrade is an ONLY an add-on for the Festival or 5-Day pass, but does NOT grant access to the A3C Festival.

The VIP Upgrade can't be used with a Conference pass. 

The VIP Upgrade enables access to the A3C Festival's VIP Area which features a pit in front of the main stage and a lounge with a bar, couches, tables and chairs next to the main stage. 

More Information on the VIP Upgrade coming soon.

 

Conference

$239

(Save $60)

Current price available while supplies last. 

Access to 3-Day Conference ONLY

Access Includes:

  • Conference Center @ Loudermilk Center
  • Action Summit @ Auburn Avenue Research Library
  • Creator Complex @ GSU Creative Media Industries Institute

This pass is best for the music industry professional, record exec, entrepreneur, artist, producer or creative that want to learn, network and create, but don't care about the 2-Day Festival or 5-Days of Shows, Events & Parties.

Lineup & Schedule TBA

20% discount passes available for groups of 3 or more.