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A3C Finalizes Deal with The Gathering Spot and Paul Judge Media Group in Preparation for 15th Anniversary

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Posted by The Blog Team on Jan 29

The A3C Festival & Conference, an annual culture event and institution in the hip-hop community, today announced strategic investment by two of Atlanta’s influential startup companies: The Gathering Spot and Paul Judge Media Group. Together, Ryan Wilson - co-founder and chief executive officer of The Gathering Spot, Mike Walbert - A3C co-owner and managing partner, and Paul Judge Media Group will comprehensively expand the event to include new conference tracks featuring tech from today’s leading voices in addition to its existing music, social justice and cultural experience. Together they have acquired a controlling stake in A3C for an undisclosed amount. The 15th annual A3C Festival & Conference will take place on October 8 - 13, 2019 in Atlanta, GA.

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A3C Team Press Photo 2019

Photo Courtesy of Jade Johnson (Left to Right: Ryan Wilson, Mike Walbert & Paul Judge)

A3C is a music, tech & culture festival and conference in Atlanta that has over 30,000 attendees. The event includes performances from over 1,000 artists and talks from over 300 speakers. Past performers include Lil Wayne, Nas, J.Cole, Rick Ross, Wiz Khalifa, G-Eazy, 2 Chainz and Wu-Tang Clan. Past speakers include Anthony Saleh, Ethiopia Habtemariam, Kevin “Coach K” Lee, Master P, Ryan Leslie, Steve Stoute, Troy Carter, and Tuma Basa.

New Strategic Investors: The Gathering Spot and Paul Judge Media Group

The strategic investment from The Gathering Spot and Paul Judge Media Group aims to usher in a new era of growth for the event. They will collaborate to deliver an even more appealing platform for partnering brands as well as open new doors by integrating film, TV and gaming. Additionally, the team plans to expand upon A3C’s “Startup Spotlight” track introduced in 2017 as a means to further drive collaboration, ingenuity and innovation between Atlanta’s tech and creative communities. The conference will continue to provide interactive activations, hands-on workshops and networking sessions.

“This partnership was developed based on our collective desire to create the most influential and anticipated annual conference and festival in Atlanta,” said Ryan Wilson, co-founder and chief executive officer of The Gathering Spot. “We each have a unique approach to building community and have amassed incredibly powerful resources while individually building bridges to opportunity. Together, as strategic partners and producers of the event, we’ll leverage the power of those resources and our unique experiences to bring a fresh, exciting and culturally appealing offering to our great city and its visitors.”  

"Atlanta’s influence is felt everywhere. We have an authentic, powerful convergence of culture, music, technology & entrepreneurship,” said Dr. Paul Judge, technology entrepreneur and investor. “A3C is the event that will bring these diverse communities together for inspiration and innovation. We invite the world to come experience the magic of Atlanta and see what’s next." 

15th Anniversary of A3C & New Larger Venue


This year, A3C Festival & Conference will celebrate its 15th anniversary having been founded in 2005 as a local showcase for independent hip-hop artists. Over the years, the festival grew to become an Atlanta institution and one of the largest annual music festival and conferences in the US. Each year, thousands gather in Atlanta to discover, network and learn from the innovators, entrepreneurs and artists that drive the culture forward. The 2019 A3C Festival & Conference will include additional programming and will take place on October 8 - 13, 2019.

“For more than a decade we’ve worked to create meaningful experiences that connect people and change lives,” said Mike Walbert, co-founder and managing director of A3C. “While we’re proud of what we’ve built, this anniversary is the perfect time to bring on partners who can help take A3C to the next level. In Ryan Wilson and Paul Judge we’ve found two innovative, local entrepreneurs that share our passion for creating communities, providing opportunities for entrepreneurs and showcasing Atlanta’s leading influence on the culture.”

A3C Festival & Conference will soon announce additional details about the 15th Anniversary event including speaker submission dates, sponsorship / partnership opportunities, scheduled artists and speakers, and opening ticket sales. To sign up for the latest announcements and learn more about A3C, please visit www.a3cfestival.com


About A3C

A3C Festival & Conference engages and inspires the artists, entrepreneurs, and creatives that shape culture. Founded in 2005, A3C has grown from a local showcase to become one of the most important music, tech, & culture events of the year.

About The Gathering Spot

The Gathering Spot is a next-generation network of private membership clubs,  which serve as a hub of diversity and a cultural epicenter for ideas, one-of-a-kind experiences, gatherings of impact and transformative relationships. Members of the The Gathering Spot are leading entrepreneurs, creators, disruptors, executives, artists and forward-thinkers who possess the ambition to make impact in the world.

About Paul Judge Media Group

Paul Judge Media Group is a multifaceted media company that combines technology and culture.

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