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A3C's Action Accelerator aims to find and invest in creative ideas that use music or hip-hop culture to advance social justice

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Posted by The Blog Team on May 15

Applications for the fourth annual A3C Action Accelerator open today. The A3C Action Accelerator - in partnership with the Center for Civic Innovation - seeks to find, develop and invest in creative ideas that use music, hip-hop culture, or the arts to advance social justice and civic engagement in underserved communities. Applications will be open from May 15, 2018 through July 1, 2018. 

Since 2015, more than 500 applications have been submitted, 17 non-profits have gone through the accelerator and over $30,000 has been allocated.

More Info & Applications: www.a3caction.org

Five finalists from across the US will be flown to Atlanta to receive intensive training and mentorship before pitching their ideas to a diverse panel of judges during the Action Pitch Night on Friday, Oct 5th during the A3C Festival & Conference. Finalists will receive more than $10,000 in cash and in-kind contributions. The Action Pitch Night takes place at the Action Summit for Social Justice.

“I think the Action Summit is what makes A3C stand out from the rest of music festivals and conferences, this aspect represents its investment and involvement in elevating the community consciousness in a real way.” - Stic of Dead Prez

Action Accelerator

"A3C Action shines light on some of the most incredible grassroots ideas from around the country. Every year, we are inspired and humbled by the stories of people who, against many odds, are building programs for people in their community. It’s amazing to just be a part of their journey, and in a time like right now, their work is necessary to showcase.” Rohit Malhotra (Founder & Executive Director, The Center for Civic Innovation) 

The Action Summit is 2-Day summit for artists, activists and academics to discuss and address social justice challenges through a series of panels, workshops, and meetups. The Action Summit is hosted at the Auburn Avenue Research Library for African American Studies from October 4-5, 2018 and is open to the public.


2015 Action Finalists Included: 303 Community Coalition (ATL), Media in the Neighborhoods Group (PHI), Ourtime.org (DC), P.O.P. - Poem Over Pistol (ATL) and Chop Art (ATL)

2016 Action Finalists Included: Armed Services Arts Partnership - ASAP (Arlington, VA), Creative Core (DC), Girls Make Beats (MIA), Notes for Notes (ATL), re:Imagine/ATL (ATL), Shooting Without Bullets (CLE) and The Village of Arts and Humanities (PHL)

2017 Action Finalist Included: Girls Cut Films Too (ATL), Real Life Poets (B’ham), Breaking The Chains (NYC), Media Rhythm Institute (BMORE) and Make Music Count (ATL) 



The Center for Civic Innovation (CCI) exists to inform, engage, connect, and empower people to shape the future of our city. CCI invests in outcome-driven solutions to local social challenges and engages the public in conversations around local social challenges.


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