Action Summit

Embrace art, music and hip-hop culture to advance social justice and civic engagement

Auburn Ave Research Library

Thursday, Oct 5 - Friday, Oct 6

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Activists, Academics and Artists connecting to address social justice challenges, learn from community leaders and develop actionable initiatives.

A3C Action Pitch Competition

The A3C Action Pitch Competition is a national competition looking to find, support, and invest in new, innovative ideas that use art, music and hip-hop culture as a vehicle to advance social justice and civic engagement. The A3C Action Pitch Competition invites organizations from around the country to submit their ideas. 

The final pitch is on Friday, Oct 6th from 7:00pm - 8:30pm at the Action Summit

A3C Action Pitch Competition is a partnership with the Center for Civic Innovation and Hip Hop Caucus

2017 Action Finalists

Make Music Count | Atlanta, GA

Girls Cut Films Too | Atlanta, GA

Real Life Poets | Birmingham, AL

Breaking The Chains | New York City, NY

Media Rhythm Institute (MRI) | Baltimore, MD

Finalists will...

  • Travel to Atlanta for the A3C Festival & Conference 

  • Receive business development training & pitch bootcamp

  • Pitch their idea to celebrity judges & a national audience

  • Compete for more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind contributions

Provide Finalists With

Exposure to a national audience and passionate community

Financial support

Mentorship and business development

Networking and community building

Action Summit Track Events

  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 1:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    Police Brutality & Racial Profiling

    This panel will address the issues of police brutality and racial profiling within the last 40 years and discuss the ways in which Hip Hop have...

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  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 2:00 PM
    Action Summit, Auditorium

    FIGHT THE POWER: Photography and Hip-Hop Performance as Direct Action

    This workshop examines the work of Shooting Without Bullets, which employs photography and hip-hop performance as tools of direct action to combat...

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  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 2:00 PM
    Action Summit, Heritage Education Center

    Do It For The CULTURE: Youth Activism Mixer

    We're doing it for the C U L T U R E as we bring in youth activists and community influencers to discuss the intersection of culture and justice...

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  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 3:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    Silence The Shame: Mental Health Panel

    Music veteran executive Shanti Das is making it her mission to openly discuss mental illnesses and dismantle the stigmas and misconceptions that...

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  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 4:00 PM
    Action Summit, Auditorium

    STAND: Visual Representation of Social Justice - Artists' Talk

    This exhibition brings together artist and activist from throughout the Southeast who address the question of place and belonging within the...

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  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 5:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    It's Bigger Than Hip-Hop: Emcees, Social Justice and Activism

    This panel will feature rap artists and activists who use Hip Hop culture to fight against social injustices. This will entail discussions of...

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  • Action Summit
    Thursday, Oct 5, 6:30 PM
    Action Summit, Auditorium

    Why Should Creatives #votelocal this November?

    This year the City of Atlanta will elect a new mayor, city council and school board. We know it can be hard to figure out who is running for...
  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 12:00 PM
    Action Summit, Heritage Education Center

    How to Become a Hip Hop Advocate

    Hip-Hop entrepreneur, educator, and activist, Mokah Speaks, will be walking artists and fans through the power of activism, while teaching...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 12:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    A Stone of Hope: Author Interview & Book Signing

    Using his acclaimed new memoir, A Stone of Hope, as the foundation, Jim will discuss his journey from incarcerated youth to founder of PLOT...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 1:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    The Future of Hip-Hop in Higher Learning

    This panel examines the ways that rap music and Hip-Hop culture are infused in the public educational system as a means of non-traditional,...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 1:30 PM
    Action Summit, Heritage Education Center

    What's Next For The National Museum of African American History

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 2:00 PM
    Action Summit, Auditorium

    Literary Artists and Hip Hop Culture in Books

    Many true lyricists are story tellers. The forgotten artists is one of literary arts and we feel that its time to incorporate those who tell our...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 3:00 PM
    Action Summit, Heritage Education Center

    Goodie Ideation x A3C: Hack The Violence

    Goodie Ideation x A3C: Hack The Violence is a creative workshop where talented and passionate people generative innovative ideas using hip-hop...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 3:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    The Hidden Activism of Outkast

    Whether it was André 3000 painting metaphors and tales of meeting gypsies or Big Boi spitting insights on more literal situations, Outkast has...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 3:00 PM
    Action Summit, Cary-McPheeters Gallery (1st Floor)

    Literary Artists: Breakout Session & Book Signing

    Is lyricism and songwriting our modern day storytelling? Dive in a deeper conversation at our breakout session including panelists from "Literary...
  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 4:00 PM
    Action Summit, Auditorium

    Teaching the Next Generation with Lyrics and Rhymes

    Hip-hop has taken on an steadfast role in the education sphere, from artists like Kendrick, Common and Dr. Dre giving back by inspiring students...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 5:00 PM
    Action Summit, Authors & Writers' Lounge

    The Artists' Guide to Realistic Holistic Health

    In this panel, you will develop a go-to manual of how to stay healthy on the go, particularly on tour. If you recall, Christopher "JAX" Thurston...

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  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 6:00 PM
    Action Summit, Heritage Education Center
  • Action Summit
    Friday, Oct 6, 7:00 PM
    Action Summit, Auditorium

    A3C Action Pitch Competition

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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. 

Big thanks to our sponsors Mailchimp and ChooseATL!

2015 A3C 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.

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.

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Center for Civic Innovation

The Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) focuses on improving the efficiency of public organizations and increasing civic participation. CCI is the City's Lab aiming to push Atlanta to be a smart, equitable, and engaged city by investing in community-driven ideas, supporting social enterprises, and engaging people in dialogue and action. CCI hosts programs for community based social entrepreneurs at all stages, but they focus their investments on early stage, untested projects.

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Hip Hop Caucus 

The Hip Hop Caucus (HHC) is a national, non-profit and non-partisan organization that connects the Hip Hop community to the civic process to build power and create positive change.  HHC hopes to establish the culture and practice of voting as part of a desired civic lifestyle as well as empower and train leaders and volunteers from our communities to be strategic leaders, messengers, and spokespeople for issues critical to equality, justice, and opportunity.

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Executive Pass

$599 

while supplies last

Access to Festival, Conference, shows & events + exclusive networking events

For music industry professionals, entrepreneurs and startups

This pass is best for the music industry professional, artist, and entrepreneur looking to grow their business and/or career.  Among other things, you'll have access to private events, and parties with other industry leaders and influencers.

Available Only While Supplies Last.  Limited # of Passes at Each Price. 

Includes everything in the VIP Upgrade.

Access to a series of private events including: Leadership Brunches, Keynote Speaker Meet & Greets, Happy Hours Mixers and More Events TBA.

Welcome to ATL Reception presented by ChooseATL

The Welcome to ATL Reception kicks off the 13th 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.  

Preferred Seating in Ballroom at the A3C Conference Center.  Access to the Executive Lounge. 

There will be a team dedicated to help you and answer any questions you may have.  You can contact our dedicated assistant by phone or email 24/7.

 

A3C Pass

$237 

while supplies last

+ $80 for VIP Upgrade

Access to Festival, Conference and 5-days of shows & events

This pass is best for the industry professionals, artists, entrepreneurs, creatives and hip-hop heads that want 5-days of hip-hop shows, events, networking, learning, and discovery.

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.

Limited # of Passes at Each Price.  Available Only While Supplies Last

20% Discount Passes Available for Groups of 3 or More

VIP Upgrade

$80

The VIP Upgrade is an add-on for the Festival or A3C pass, but does NOT grant access to the A3C Festival.  The VIP Upgrade is best for fans that want to enjoy the A3C Festival at The Georgia Freight Depot like a boss.  

The VIP Upgrade enables access to the A3C Festival's VIP Area that includes the pit in front of the main stage and a lounge with a bar, couches, tables and chairs next to the main stage. You also get access to the Artist Lounge at the A3C Festival.

The VIP Upgrade can not be used with a Conference pass.  

VIP Upgrade includes 4 Drinks, 1 Limited Edition A3C T-Shirt and 25% off A3C Merchandise.

 

Festival Pass

$70

while supplies last

+ $80 for VIP upgrade

Access to A3C Festival only

Enjoy the 2-day outdoor hip-hop festival at the Georgia Freight Depot on Sat, Oct 7 & Sun, Oct 8

This pass is best for the hip-hop fans and festival lovers that just want to watch their favorite artists, hang out with friends and have the “festival” experience. The A3C Festival is a 2-day music festival at The Georgia Freight Depot on Sat, Oct 7 & Sun, Oct 8. Join thousands of fans from around to enjoy Hip-Hop music, and culture.

The A3C Festival pass does NOT enable access to any additional A3C shows, events or the A3C Conference.

Lineup TBA

Limited # of Passes at Each Price. Available Only While Supplies Last

20% Discount Passes Available for Groups of 3 or More

Single Day Festival Passes Are Available

VIP Upgrade

$80

The VIP Upgrade is an add-on for the Festival or A3C pass, but does NOT grant access to the A3C Festival.  The VIP Upgrade is best for fans that want to enjoy the A3C Festival at The Georgia Freight Depot like a boss.  

The VIP Upgrade enables access to the A3C Festival's VIP Area that includes the pit in front of the main stage and a lounge with a bar, couches, tables and chairs next to the main stage. You also get access to the Artist Lounge at the A3C Festival.

The VIP Upgrade can not be used with a Conference pass.  

VIP Upgrade includes 4 Drinks, 1 Limited Edition A3C T-Shirt and 25% off A3C Merchandise.

 

Conference Pass

$195

while supplies last

Access to A3C Conference only

Learn, connect and create at the A3C Conference from Wed, Oct 4 - Fri, Oct 6.

This pass is best for the music industry, entrepreneurs, artists, music makers and organizations that want to learn, connect and create, but don’t mind skipping the A3C Festival, shows, events and parties.

Access Includes:

A3C Conference Center @ Loudermilk Center

A3C Action Summit @ Auburn Avenue Research Library

A3C Creator Complex @ GSU Creative Media Industries Institute  

Lineup & Schedule TBA


Limited # of Passes at Each Price.  Available Only While Supplies Last

20% Discount Passes Available for Groups of 3 or More

Single Day Conference Center Passes Available Soon